Vietnamese football resumes with glut of goals in National Cup quarterfinals

Monday, 2020-09-14 10:11:10
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Hanoi FC make light work of XSKT Can Tho with an amazing score of 7-0. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – It seems that a suspension period of over one month due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused little impact on the form of football teams as a total of 22 goals were scored during the National Cup quarterfinals on September 11-12, an amazing average of 5.5 goals per match.

After four tense and exciting clashes, the four teams to qualify for the semifinals have been determined, with Hanoi competing against Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ninh Coal playing Viettel FC, both on September 16.

These results had been predicted as all the four semifinalists have strong title ambition and possess real power to make it come true.

As the reigning champions of both V.League and the National Cup, Hanoi FC’s optimal goal is of course to successfully defend their titles. Meanwhile, HCM City and Quang Ninh Coal only have the National Cup and V.League arenas left to fight for after the AFC Cup 2020 in which they were competing has already been cancelled by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) due to the disease.

As for Viettel FC, after their first season experiencing the V.League atmosphere last year, Truong Viet Hoang’s side have shown superior maturity to be considered a true title candidate this season. Standing only two wins away from the National Cup trophy, they will work out what to do to realise the goal.

In the quarterfinals, HCM City, Hanoi FC, Quang Ninh Coal and Viettel had their own means to secure a ticket to the next round. HCM City devoted a wonderful football party to the 5,000 spectators at Ba Ria Vung Tau’s stadium, coming from two goals behind to beat the hosts 3-2. Meanwhile, at Hang Day Stadium, despite outplaying XSKT Can Tho in all aspects, Hanoi FC still fought seriously with high concentration and respect for their opponents.

Speaking after their 0-7 defeat against the defending V.League champions, XSKT Can Tho manager Liem Thanh praised the great competing attitude of the Hanoi players and stated that the match was a valuable lesson for his players.

The clash between two the V.League teams of Viettel and Becamex Binh Duong saw the former perform outstandingly to claim a convincing 4-1 win, with the first three of their four goals having been blasted home midway through the first half.

Quang Ninh Coal players celebrate their victory. (Photo: VFF)

At Ha Tinh Stadium, their home-field advantage and resilient fighting spirit were not enough to help V.League newbies Hong Linh Ha Tinh overcome a much more experienced Quang Ninh Coal. The hosts constantly fell behind before conceding an overall 2-3 loss.

Given their performance in the quarterfinals, fans can definitely count on more spectacular football parties from the four teams to have qualified for the forthcoming semifinal round, Hanoi FC vs HCM City and Quang Ninh Coal vs Viettel.