V.League: Hanoi FC thrash Thanh Hoa 5-0 to stay at top with five points clear

Monday, 2019-08-12 11:34:25
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Hanoi FC (in blue) demonstrate their destructive power throughout the clash with Thanh Hoa. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Reigning champions Hanoi FC demolished Thanh Hoa FC with five unanswered goals in the last fixture of matchday 20, on August 11, to extend their lead atop the V.League table to five points clear.

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Chu Dinh Nghiem’s players headed into the home clash with strong determination, aspiring to avenge their humiliating 1-4 first-leg defeat against the central team.

Hanoi FC were in a confident mood after beating Becamex Binh Duong 2-0 on aggregate in the AFC Cup ASEAN zonal final to advance to the Inter-zone play-off semifinals as the ASEAN representatives. On the opposite side, Thanh Hoa had lost three out of their four previous matches, including a 0-3 loss to third-from-bottom Quang Nam FC on matchday 19.

With a higher-rated lineup, Hanoi FC proactively deployed attacks right from the start and created a bunch of opportunities to open the scoring. Pape Omar threatened to score twice, hitting the woodwork after six minutes and firing a header at keeper Ba Son 12 minutes later. Meanwhile, midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai also forced the Thanh Hoa goalie to make a smart save with a low drive in the 38th-minute.

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet contributes a double to Hanoi FC's five-star win. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

It was not until the 40th minute that the hosts’ dominance was concretised, with Van Quyet feeding Pape Omar to slot it in from close range to break the deadlock.

Inspired by the opener, Hanoi FC continued to increase their pressure in the second half. It was Omar again who doubled their advantage six minutes before the hour mark.

The reigning champions wrapped up their stormy rally with a double by striker Van Quyet and a goal by foreigner Papa Ibou Kebe during the last 15 minutes, sealing a resounding five-star victory.

Thanh Hoa FC players leave the field in disappointment. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The convincing triumph has further strengthened Hanoi’s reign on top of the table with 40 points, five points above Ho Chi Minh City and up to nine points clear of Quang Ninh Coal in third place.

In other Sunday fixtures, Song Lam Nghe An played out a goalless draw with Hai Phong FC on home soil, while Saigon FC stumbled to a 0-1 defeat against guests Becamex Binh Duong.