HA NOI — Thanh Hoa secured an impressive victory in round 12 of the national V-League by defeating Dong Thap 4-0 on their home turf yesterday.
It took Thanh Hoa just 10 minutes to open the score thanks to foreign striker duo Dasilva Ramos Gilmar and Lemessa Fikru Teferra. Gilmar set up a perfect pass from the right wing and Teferra tapped the ball easily into the net.
Fifteen minutes after the break it was 2-0 for the host when Le Quoc Phuong converted a straight shot from 25m to an impressive goal, which could be considered one of the best of this round.
Substitute Nguyen Viet Thang, who joined the team just weeks ago, made it 3-0 several minutes later after a solo performance and an accurate shot.
The teams arrived at the final result in the 67th minute, when Le Van Thang out-manoeuvred goalie Tran Buu Ngoc and all other Dong Thap defenders.
With their win, Thanh Hoa jumped from ninth to eighth position with 16 points after 12 matches. They will travel to the Central Highlands to play former champions Hoang Anh Gia Lai next round.
Also yesterday, Becamex Binh Duong lost 1-2 to Hoang Anh Gia Lai, despite playing at their home Go Dau Stadium.
The win was Gia Lai's fourth victory this season with goals by Paulo Ernesto Perreira in the 12th minute and Aganun Olushola in first half extra time.
Host Binh Duong tried their best but could only manage one goal from a penalty in the 35th minute by Nguyen Hoang Helio. The loss caused them to fall from second to fourth place. They will play Khatoco Khanh Hoa on Sunday in the 13th round.
Later in the day, a 1-0 win over Sai Gon FC pushed Ha Noi T&T to the top of the rankings.
T&T took full advantage of their home turf to establish their domination over Sai Gon FC, and they waited only five minutes to score a goal.
National team member Nguyen Van Quyet eliminated all Sai Gon's defenders and the goalkeeper to tap the ball into an empty net.
The host continued to create a number of opportunities but they failed to make another goals.
However a 1-0 win is enough for them to top the table with 23 points, three more than runner-up SHB Da Nang who trounced Ninh Binh 3-0 in an early match on Saturday.
In other results, defending champions Song Lam Nghe An beat Khanh Hoa 3-1; Hai Phong were tied 1-1 by Ha Noi Football Club and Kienlongbank Kien Giang lost 1-3 to Navibank Sai Gon. — VNS