Hồ Chí Minh 4 – 2 Đà Nẵng
HCMC city game came from 2 down to seal a vital 3 points in the battle for survival. The home side looked set for another dismal evening when they found themselves 2-0 down after just 25 minutes. Epassi opened the scoring with a near post header before Hà Đức Chinh doubled the lead just 2 minutes later.
Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn pulled a goal back just before the break, scoring the third header of the game. Bùi Văn Long then wrestled Jadue to the ground inside the box with just over ten minutes remaining. The Palestinian striker got up and calmly sent Lê Văn Hưng the wrong way.
The following melee was one that is seen too often in the V.League. Lê Văn Hưng kicked out as Jadue collected the ball, was pushed, and faked being hit in the face. He duly got a red card for the kick but his, and the backroom staffs’, behavior next was another typical unsavory V.League scene as officials and players surrounded, and at times jostled with, the match officials. Moment’s later Đà Nẵng should have been reduced to 9 men after Phạm Trọng Hóa’s terrible two-footed lunge was deemed only a yellow card.
HCMC buoyed by the dramatic turnaround sensed victory and took the lead when Jadue headed home Phi Son’s cross. Jadue completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, latching on to a through ball from Kelsey and easily beating substitute keeper, Nguyễn Thanh Bình.
It’s a first win in 13 league games for HCMC and the signing of Jadue may be the difference between playing in V.League 1 or 2 next season.
Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 3 – 1 Cần Thơ
Hoàng Anh Gia Lai comfortable beat struggling Cần Thơ 3-1 in Pleiku. Nguyễn Văn Toàn opened the scoring after just 2 minutes with a finely placed header beyond Tô Vĩnh Lợi. Osmar doubled the lead after the break; his second goal since rejoining from SLNA. Cần Thơ grew into the game after the hour and eventually pulled a goal back though Wander Luiz but the home side sealed all three points deep in to stoppage time through substitute Nguyễn Văn Anh.
Cần Thơ’s are now winless in 10 league games and are just 1 point off the bottom.
Sanna Khánh Hòa 2 – 1 Sài Gòn
Khánh Hòa maintained a small degree of pressure on runaway leaders Hanoi FC with a 2-1 home win over Sài Gòn.
Toure volleyed beyond Phạm Văn Phong to open the scoring before Kizito, making his Sài Gòn debut, leveled in first half stoppage time. Toure scored apenalty, his 6th goal in his last three matches,to sealing Khánh Hoa’s 6th win from 8, and keep his side in second spot.
Hải Phòng 1 – 1 Bình Dương
Nguyễn Đình Bảo scored arguably the goal of the weekend as Hải Phòng were held at the Lạch Tray stadium by Bình Dương. Hải Phòng were looking for an improved performance having suffered three straight defeats and were looking good when Đình Bảo opened the scoring with a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards. The home side were pegged back when Võ Ngọc Tỉnh beat the offside trap to head in Hồ Tấn Tài through ball.
Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 3-1 Cần Thơ, Pleiku: 4,000
Hải Phòng 1-1 Bình Dương, Lạch Tray: 5,000
Hồ Chí Minh 4-2 Đà Nẵng, Thống Nhất: 2,000
Sanna Khánh Hòa BVN 2 – 1 ài Gòn, 19/8 Nha Trang: 4,000
Thanh Hoa v Quang Ninh, 17:00
SLNA V Quang Nam, 17:00
Hanoi v Nam Dinh, 19:00