HA NOI — An own-goal by Becamex Binh Duong's goalkeeper Dinh Hoang La resulted in victory for Ha Noi T&T yesterday in the second round match of the Super-League.
|Flying: Striker Nguyen Van Quyet (right) of Ha Noi T&T gets away from Becamex Binh Duong midfielder Huynh Quang Thanh during their Super League match at Ha Noi Stadium. T&T won 1-0. — VNS Photo Quang Thang
La performed perfectly in the first 20 minutes of the first half by stopping a flurry of shots by the host including a threatening kick by Gonzalo Marronkle in the 13th minute.
However the former goalie for Ninh Binh was unable to maintain form under the consecutive attacks. His big mistake came when he was startled with a smart cross-pass by T&T's striker Nguyen Van Quyet which landed in the net in the 23rd minute.
Despite its home turf advantage, T&T failed to rally for most of the match and it was Binh Duong who mastered the second half.
National team members Nguyen Vu Phong and Nguyen Viet Thang, along with foreigner Udo Fortune were given opportunities to score but keeper Duong Hong Son on the T&T side held his edge. The freezing weather certainly did nothing to give the southern opponents an advantage.
As the match was nearing its end, T&T's Samson Kayode Olaleye had the chance to double the score but he failed to overcome keeper La who was ready and alert.
It was the host's second win, giving them six points after two matches. Binh Duong are in sixth place with one win and one loss.
In the other matches yesterday, Thanh Hoa drew 0-0 with former champion SHB Da Nang while Khatoco Khanh Hoa flattened Ninh Binh 4-0.
Four matches were played on Saturday. Hai Phong vs Navibank Sai Gon and Sai Gon FC vs two-time champion Hoang Anh Gia Lai both ended in 1-1 draws.
The defending champion beat Dong Thap 1-0 while Kien Giang defeated Ha Noi FC 3-2. — VNS