HA NOI — Nigerian striker Anjembe Timothy scored twice from the penalty spot and Dinh Thanh Trung added two more goals to help Ha Noi FC crush Khanh Hoa 4-1 in the Super League on Saturday.
|Breaking a drought: Xuan Luan of Ha Noi FC (right) vies for the ball against Huu Phat of Khanh Hoa in their Super League clash at Ha Noi's Hang Day Stadium. Ha Noi won 4-1. – VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Truong
It's the first win for the Hanoian team since the season kicked off two weeks ago.
The team also had the services of top striker Le Cong Vinh who played an important part in the second goal before a two week break for Tet.
Hosting the match at Hang Day Stadium, Ha Noi FC's offensive play encountered a deep and crowded Khanh Hoa defence who frustrated the home team's strikers.
Ha Noi failed to make any serious threat on the Khanh Hoa goal until the 41st minute when Timothy netted from a spot kick.
The goal helped break the deadlock and they added one more before half time.
Newly contracted striker Vinh, who has recently recovered from a knee injury, set up teammate Trung just before the break.
Vinh missed a great opportunity to make it 3-0 in the first minute of the second half, heading Pham Thanh Luong's cross over the bar.
In the 62nd minute, Brazilian Agostinho pulled a goal back for Khanh Hoa with a powerful header.
Ha Noi intentionally slowed the pace of the game with the visitors looking for an equaliser.
But any chances of a comeback were snuffed out by Timothy who successfully dispatched his second penalty of the game in the 80th minute before Trung launched a rocket into the back of the net in the 82nd minute.
Khanh Hoa missed a chance for a consolation in the last minute of the game with Majabvi missing from the spot.
In other games on Saturday, Da Nang demolished Hoang Anh Gia Lai 4-1, while Thanh Hoa edged Binh Duong 2-1.
Sai Gon FC recorded their first victory of the campaign with a 2-0 way win over Kien Giang.
In yesterday's matches, Hai Phong were held to a 1-1 draw by Dong Thap; Song Lam Nghe An drew with Ha Noi T&T 2-2 and Navibank Sai Gon lost 2-1 to Ninh Binh. —VNS