|Waterlogged: SLNA beat Becamex Bình Dương in a tough game. — Photo courtesy of zing.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BÌNH DƯƠNG — The first leg of the final round of the National V-League championship started yesterday. At Gò Dầu Stadium, Becamex Bình Dương faced the most successful club in the league: Sông Lam Nghệ An. SLNA won 2-1 in a match that had to be halted in the middle of the game due to heavy rain on the field.
SLNA began the match strongly. At 18’, Xuân Mạnh of SLNA headed the ball into the corner of Becamex BD’s net, scoring the first goal of the match.
The first half saw numerous attacks from Becamex BD towards SLNA, but no further goal was scored.
Becamex Bình Dương fought hard against SLNA from the first minutes of the second half. Goalkeeper Nguyên Mạnh of SLNA saved his team from an equalizer by saving a penalty shot by Anh Đức of Becamex Bình Dương.
Torrential rain from the beginning of the second half forced the game to stop for water drainage. After only six minutes, the game resumed.
The post saved Bình Dương from yet another goal as SLNA Khắc Ngọc attempted a shot from the penalty spot.
Only ten minutes later, the second goal came from SLNA as Phúc Tịnh quickly caught the ball and hit it hard towards the corner, making it 2-0 for SLNA.
Continuous waves of attacks were launched as Becamex Bình Dương tried their best to recover. At 82’ Becamex BD Trung Tiến shot from about 30m toward SLNA’s goal, but hit the post. Only two minutes later, the first goal was scored by Trung Tiến for Becamex Bình Dương. Tiến shot the ball directly toward SLNA’s goal. It was direct and strong and made it impossible for goalie Nguyên Mạnh to catch.
The first game ended at Becamex Bình Dương 1-2 SLNA. The two teams will meet again at SLNA’s home ground for the second leg. — VNS