Five talking points from V.League 2019 Matchday 20

Monday, 2019-08-12 16:13:16
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Striker Nguyen Van Quyet (R) nets twice as Hanoi FC thrash Thanh Hoa FC 5-0.
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NDO – The 2019 V.League matchday 20 concluded over the weekend with Hanoi FC further solidifying their top spot after a five-star win and Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City stretching their disappointing winless run to four games.

Here following are the five talking points from the latest V.League action.

Hanoi FC extend reign with five points clear

Hanoi FC players celebrate scoring a goal in their match with Thanh Hoa FC.

Reigning champions Hanoi FC have produced a safe gap with other competitors in the V.League title race following their five-star win against Thanh Hoa FC on Sunday, which helped them to extend their lead atop the table with five points clear.

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet continued to build on with his recent impressive form, contributing a brace to Hanoi FC’s resounding victory. So far this month, the 28-year-old has netted eight goals and provided three assists, which is the best contribute delivered by a domestic player.

If they can maintain their current destructive power, Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side should go on to retain their V.League title this season, with just six games left to go.

“Top-scorer” race heats up

Hanoi FC striker Pape Omar Faye (C) is currently leading the scoring tally with 12 goals.

With the 2019 V.League gradually coming to the end, the race for golden boot (top-scorer) title has also become tenser and more dramatic.

On Saturday, Hoang Vu Samson scored twice to help Quang Nam FC beat HCM City 2-0, thus cruising past Pape Omar Faye (Hanoi FC) to lead the scoring tally with 11 goals. However, Samson’s reign was short-lived, since just one day later, Omar blasted a brace against Thanh Hoa FC to resume his lead with one goal clear of the former Hanoi FC striker.

HCM City extend winless run to four matches

Chung Hae-seong's HCM City side have now gone four games without a win.

From the leading position in the title race, HCM City have suddenly lost their form with a poor run of four winless games (D2 L2). After being defeated 2-1 by bottom-place Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN in the previous matchday, Chung Hae-seong’s troops slipped to a humiliating 0-2 loss against second-from-bottom Quang Nam FC on matchday 20 over the weekend.

Such an incomprehensible slowdown has deprived HCM City of the top spot, with them now trailing five points behind leaders Hanoi FC who are in flying form recently. Unless the situation is improved in the next few matchdays, HCM City will possibly drop their chance of conquering the V.League crown after nearly 20 years of waiting.

Sanna Khanh Hoa show continuous signs of recovery

Sanna Khanh Hoa players celebrate their victory against SHB Da Nang.

Manager Vo Dinh Tan and his players are showing their concerted efforts to escape relegation from V.League by clinching their second consecutive victory. After stunning everyone with an away win at HCM City, Sanna Khanh Hoa again overcame another annoying opponent, SHB Da Nang, when returning to home soil last weekend.

Despite proving not yet enough to rescue them from rock bottom place, the two successive wins have helped Khanh Hoa narrow their gap with the penultimate group, consisting of Hoang Anh Gia Lai, Saigon FC and Hai Phong FC, to just three more points. With the 2019 V.League having only six matchdays left to go, Vo Dinh Tan’s side still stand a chance of escaping relegation at the end of the season if they continue to achieve good results in the following few matchdays.

Viettel end HAGL’s four-game unbeaten streak

HAGL (in while) have been pushed down to 11th place in the table following their defeat against Viettel.

Newly promoted Viettel put an end to Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL)’s four-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 away victory at Pleiku Stadium.

Despite losing two important centre backs, Bui Tien Dung and Janclesio Santos, for the HAGL trip, the V.League newbies came from a goal behind to clinch the full three points, thus joining SHB Da Nang, Nam Dinh FC and Song Lam Nghe An in the top half of the table level on 27 points. This is a very encouraging result for a Viettel side who have just returned to the V.League this season after nine years of absence.