PP Hà Nam win, top national ranking

Update: May, 22/2017 - 18:00
Phong Phú Hà Nam players celebrate their goal in their 1-0 win over Việt Nam Coal and Minerals at the National Women’s Football Championship on May 22 in HCM City. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Phong Phú Hà Nam won 1-0 and ended Việt Nam Coal and Minerals’ winning streak at the National Women’s Football Championship on May 22 in HCM City.

The two title favourites played an aggressive match from the start with consecutive attacks.

The first chance went to Phong Phú Hà Nam when Phạm Thị Tươi received the ball in the box in the 21st minute, but her finish went wide.

Four minutes later, Việt Nam Coal and Minerals answered with a straight shot by national team member Nguyễn Thị Vạn, who faced goalkeeper Lại Thị Tuyết in a one-two situation but could not score a goal.

Her teammates Đỗ Thị Nguyên and Trần Thị Thu also failed to score the opening goal.

Heavy rain in the second half did not stop the players from seeking a goal, but it was only in the 81st minute that Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung gave a perfect ball from a corner kick to Nguyễn Thị Nguyệt, who hit a strong header into the net.

Striker Tươi nearly made it 2-0 minutes later, but her finish was saved by keeper Thanh Hảo.

It was the first loss for Việt Nam Coal and Minerals following three wins in a row.

The win helped Phong Phú Hà Nam jump to top place in the ranking with 10 points while Việt Nam Coal and Minerals moved down to second position.

In the later match, defending champions HCM City 1 beat TNG Thái Nguyên 3-1.

Cao Thị Biên of Thái Nguyên scored an own goal just four minutes into the game. 

Thùy Trang doubled the result for the hosts in the second half before Lương Thị Xuyến of the visiting side narrowed it with a straight shot into the far corner.

Ten minutes later Hoài Lương made it 3-1 in the 61st minute. HCM City stood third with nine points and Thái Nguyên was sixth with three.

In today’s action, Hà Nội 1 play HCM City 2 and Sơn La meet Hà Nội 2 at the Thống Nhất Stadium. — VNS