Hanoi FC edge out Quang Nam in an emotional match

Monday, 2017-11-20 12:40:27
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Van Quyet celebrates after scoring the solitary goal for Hanoi FC.
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NDO – Hanoi FC prevented Quang Nam from claiming an early V-League 2017 title after struggling to edge out the guests with a score of 1-0, in the 25th round of this year’s national top-tier league at Hang Day Stadium, on November 19.

After the 24th round, Quang Nam were leading the V-League table with 45 points, a three-point advantage over reigning champions Hanoi FC. This fact made their Sunday encounter the most anticipated and thrilling match of the penultimate round.

Hanoi had to win the full three points to keep their hopes of retaining the title alive, while Quang Nam could have settled for at least one point in order to keep the title race in their own hands. Quang Nam would have lifted the overall trophy with a game in hand, if they had managed to defeat the capital team.

Due to the importance of the match, both teams started with high precaution and the first 20 minutes proceed in a tedious fashion, without any dangerous attacks produced.

Several minutes before half-time, forward Samson caused the Quang Nam fans in attendance to skip a beat as he missed a chance to open the scoring following a cornerkick by substitute Thanh Luong.

Hanoi players proactively increased their pressure after the break, constantly probing Quang Nam keeper Van Cuong and the guests’ defensive line, which had to work hard to prevent the home side from taking the lead.

There were at least seven scoring opportunities created by the home side, however, none of them were successfully converted into a goal.

It was not until the 75th minute that the deadlock was broken for coach Chu Dinh Nghiem’s team. Taking the ball from teammate Samson, Van Quyet produced an easy finish to make it 1-0 for Hanoi to the joy of the home fans.

The opener inspired the fighting spirit of the reigning champions, encouraging them to maintain their pressure on the away side for the remainder of the match.

Quang Nam also made concerted efforts to equalise, but could not realise their ambition, with Thiago squandering their last attempt following a header off target.

The narrow 1-0 win helped Hanoi FC to ignite their hopes of retaining the V-League crown. They will take on Quang Ninh Coal in the last round this weekend to compete for the overall title against Quang Nam and FLC Thanh Hoa, who will meet Ho Chi Minh City and Song Lam Nghe An, respectively.

Hanoi fans celebrate after Van Quyet opens the scoring. (Photo: ND)

Hanoi players express their gratitude to local fans for their support, at the end of the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)