DONG THAP (VNS) — The final round of the V-League 2 (Second Division), the national second-tier football competition, promises a lot of drama with the main prizes still up for grabs.
As the final round kicks off today, three teams – Dong Thap, Khanh Hoa and Ha Noi T&T – are still title contenders, and there are up to five teams, including Dak Lak and Can Tho – in contention for one of the three promotion slots.
Dong Thap, who are leading the table with 23 points, have everything on their side for winning the title when they play Ha Noi, who are three points behind, at home.
A win will see the Mekong Delta football team become the new champion, and with it an automatic promotion to the V-League. In this scenario, Ha Noi's chances of promotion will depend on the result of the match between Can Tho and Dak Lak.
The top two teams in V-League 2 go through to the top-flight V-League, while the third team will face the bottom-ranked one in a play-off match.
A draw can cost Dong Thap the title if Khanh Hoa, who are just one point behind them, win all three points against already-relegated Tay Ninh. Then it will be Khanh Hoa who will win the title and the automatic promotion.
If Ha Noi win, they will leapfrog the home team on the overall rankings table and secure a place in the top-flight V-League.
Khanh Hoa will take title if they win and Dong Thap, who lost 1-0 to Ha Noi in the first leg, will drop to third, meaning that they will have to play against the bottom-ranked team of the V-League in the play-off match for a place in the V-League next season.
In the remaining match of the last round, Hue host HCM City in a match of little significance because both teams are safe from relegation but far too behind to compete for promotion. — VNS