|Hanoi FC players celebrate beating HCM City FC 2-0 in the V.League 1 over the weekend. Photo toquoc.vn|
Coach Chung Hae-seong of HCM City set out his team to defend from the off and their attacks were restricted to pot shots from captain Do Van Thuan in the first half.
Meanwhile, the hosts Hanoi controlled the ball but were unable to penetrate City’s defence and the two sides went into the break with the score still 0-0.
The game’s turning point came in the 67th minute when City defender Papé Diakité was adjudged to have fouled star Hanoi midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai in the penalty area.
The penalty decision appeared soft but that didn’t matter to Hanoi captain Nguyen Van Quyet, who cooly slotted the penalty home.
Hai made sure of the result in the 86th minute with a smart left-footed finish into the corner.
After the match, due to a health problem, coach Chung of HCM City was unable to attend the press conference, so language assistant Yang Jaemo spoke to the press.
“Congratulations Hanoi on winning. We will try in the next matches, we have only four days to prepare for the next match against Viettel, we will work hard,” said Yang.
“HCM City did not dare to play attack, but competed with a 5-4-1 formation, making it difficult for our team to move the ball. In the second half, we did better. We always have the highest goal and we took three points. Hanoi are only four points away from the top team, so we always want to win,” coach Chu Dinh Nghiem of Hanoi said.
Else where, Viettel beat Hoang Anh Gia Lai 4-1; league leaders Sai Gon FC defeated Hong Linh Ha Tinh 2-1; Thanh Hoa drew with Nam Dinh 1-1; SHB Da Nang defeated Hai Phong 1-0; and Quang Binh bested Becamex Binh Duong 3-0.