National Cup Preview: Hanoi FC look to complete “double” for 2018 season

Thursday, 2018-10-11 13:25:12
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Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh Duong play out a 3-3 draw in the National Cup semifinal first leg on July 25.
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NDO – Hanoi FC will play guest to Becamex Binh Duong in the 2018 National Cup semifinal second-leg later on October 11. A triumph at Go Dau stadium will move Hanoi FC one step closer to the goal of completing a double title in the 2018 football season.

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Ahead of the match, Hanoi FC had been crowned the 2018 V.League champions with five games in hand. Over recent times, manager Chu Dinh Nghiem kept many of his players on the bench aiming to prepare for this afternoon’s encounter against Becamex Binh Duong. Meanwhile, the Binh Duong team had to battle until the last rounds of the V.League to officially escape relegation.

According to experts, Becamex Binh Duong are no longer a “giant” in the domestic arena, as in recent years, this team have spent a moderate budget on recruiting new quality players. Instead, Binh Duong have followed Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Hanoi FC in team rejuvenation by using their self-trained players. Binh Duong’s pillars such as Nguyen Anh Duc and Le Tan Tai are now veterans, while the young players, including Anh Tai, Ho Tan Tai and Thanh Thao, have yet to affirm their values. The only in-form player of manager Tran Minh Chien’s side at present is forward Tien Linh. In the newly concluded 2018 V.League, Tien Linh surpassed an array of domestic strikers to become the top Vietnamese scorer (15 goals) despite having played only 13 of the 26 V.League games due to long-term injury.

On the opposite side, Hanoi FC’s lineup is considered superior compared to that of the home side, with domestic players, including Van Quyet, Duy Manh, Hung Dung, Quang Hai and Van Hau, being the names for opponents to worry about. In addition, the capital team also had two representatives in the top three scorers of the 2018 V.League, namely Oseni Bolaji (17 goals) and Hoang Vu Samson (15 goals). Meanwhile, Hanoi FC’s foreigner Moses Oloya is seen as the best central midfielder in the last nearly ten years.

After being held 3-3 by Binh Duong at home in the first leg, manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side will have to win this afternoon’s match or play out a draw with at least four goals for each side in order to set up a final match against FLC Thanh Hoa, who have already qualified.

With many key players having been rested in the last V.League matches, Hanoi fans are hoping that Van Quyet and his teammates will fulfill the target to book a place in the final, set for October 15, looking towards bringing home the only missing title for the club’s traditional room.