The last 8 days or so in Vietnamese football have been pretty busy……
Van Quyet sees red as Ha Noi T&T prop up the table.
In search of their first win of the season, T&T travelled to Nha Trang to take on Sanna Khnah Hoa. In a mediocre performance last season’s runners-up though fell to their third defeat in four thanks to a goal from Phan Viết Đàn (12′) . The game will be remembered for Ha Noi T&T’s Van Quyet’s red card in stoppage time. Having waved away a clear shout for a T&T penalty the Hanoi players charged after the official and Van Quyet stumbled/pushed the referee in the back who then took a tumble. The National team striker has subsequently been banned for 5 games and fined 15,000,000 VND ($700)
Ha Noi FC say Farewell to the Capital
Ha Noi FC waved goodbye to the capital and Hang Day Stadium when they comfortably overcame league leaders, Da Nang FC, last Sunday 3-0. In front of a decent crowd of 4,000 fans the VLeague 2 champions sealed the three points with goals from Trịnh Duy Long (62′), Trương Công Thảo (77′) & Jean Eudes Maurice (92′).
As of round 5 (10th April) Ha Noi FC will be known as Sai Gon FC, playing out of the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
Hải Phòng retained their 100% record with a 1-0 at QNK Quảng Nam, while SLNA surprised league champions, Becamex Bình Dương , with a 2-1 in Thủ Dầu Một.
The managerial merry-go-round begins in the North
Ha Noi T&T with just 1 point from 4 matches parted ways with interim coach, Pham Minh Duc and replaced him with Chu Dinh Nghiem, on another interim basis. Pham Minh Duc will return to his role as T&T U21 coach.
Thanh Quang Ninh’s, Pham Nhu Thuan, also resigned after securing 4 points from four game. He is replaced by current Director of Football and ex-T&T coach Phan Thanh Hùng , on an interim basis. In what looks like a really poor lie, Thanh Hung was reported to have left T&T by mutual consent due to health reasons, now seems to be set to managed one of his former clubs closest rivals. Just hours after it was announced he was leaving T&T rumours began circulating he had in fact fell out with club owner Nguyễn Quốc Hội.
Vietnam set to face Taiwan and Iraq in their final World Cup Qualifiers
New National team coach, Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, announced a large first squad for his first two friendlies as National team boss, taking on VLeague’s Ha Noi T&T and Than Quảng Ninh. The first match, against T&T, produced few chances and the encounter ended goalless. Three days later Vietnam, welcoming back Le Công Vinh , thrashed Quang Ninh 4-0. Công Vinh (3′, 69′, 71′) bagged a hat trick with Đình Đồng (89’) hitting the fourth.
The National team now move to the My Dinh stadium to face Taiwan (Thursday 24th April, 7pm) and then fly to Tehrān to face Iraq (Tuesday 29th March).
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