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Hà Nội extend lead at top of V.League 1

Players of Ha Noi FC celebrates after scoring the third goal into Quang Ninh Coal’s net. They defeated Quang Ninh Coal 4-1 in the 13th round match of the V-League 1 yesterday. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Ha Noi FC continued their dominance at the top of the V.League 1 with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over closest challengers Quang Ninh Coal.

The 13th round fixture at Hang Day Stadium in the capital marked 13 matches undefeated for Ha Noi, leaving them 11 points clear of their northern rivals.

The game started with Quang Ninh in the ascendancy, and the visitors opened the scoring after a mistake by Ha Noi goalie Nguyen Van Cong gifted them a penalty, which forward Joel Vinicius duly converted in the 7th minute.

The opener boosted the visiting side’s confidence, but Ha Noi equalised minutes before half-time when striker Ganiyu Oseni prodded home a cheeky back-heel finish.

The hosts pressed for a winner in the second half, with a five minute spell securing victory via goals from forward Nguyen Van Quyet in the 62nd minute and striker Hoang Vu Samson five minutes later.

Samson completed the rout with a 92nd minute goal, leaving onlookers in no doubt as to the side to catch in this year’s title race.

Elsewhere, Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) defeated Hai Phong FC 1-0, snapping an 11 game losing streak.

The match was held at Vinh stadium, SLNA’s home ground.

This victory was crucial for the hosts, who desperately needed a win after 11 consecutive losses had left them near the bottom of the table.

In contrast, Hai Phong FC came into the game in fine form and have an impressive record at Vinh stadium.

The two teams played on the counter most of the first half, which ended scoreless, largely thanks to the excellent performance of Hai Phong FC’s goalkeeper Dang Van Lam.

In the 65th minute, a headed pass from substitute forward Ho Tuan Tai allowed midfielder Ngo Xuan Toan to score the opener. It was also the only goal of the match, earning SLNA three important points after and moving the team up one position in the table.

Elsewhere, Hoang Anh Gia Lai were defeated by Quang Nam FC 2-3, dropping into 7th in the table while 6th position belongs to Quang Nam.

Meanwhile, Nam Dinh FC defeated Sai Gon FC 1-0 after a tough match at Nam Dinh Stadium, however, with this match, Nam Dinh FC is still ranked at the bottom of the table with seven points below Sai Gon FC on 11 points. — VNS

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