|Becamex Bình Dương players (in blue) in a V.League against Thanh Hóa on November 25. Bình Dương will play Sông Lam Nghệ An in the second leg match of the National Cup final today. — VNS Photo Tuấn Tú|
HÀ NỘI — Becamex Bình Dương players will have an extra monetary incentive driving them on in the second leg of the National Cup final today at Vinh Stadium in Nghệ An Province.
Coach Trần Bình Sự and his players will share VNĐ2 billion (US$90,000) if they overturn a 2-1 deficit from Sông Lam Nghệ An from the first leg a few weeks ago.
“A purse of VNĐ2 billion is prepared for delivery to the players if they can come from behind to win this cup,” said Lê Hồng Cường, general director of Bình Dương Football Joint Stock Company.
“We could not say anything prior to the match. I think that Bình Dương still have a chance although we lost on our home turf last match. We beat Sông Lam Nghệ An 2-0 on their ground previously. This is one reason that makes us believe we can fight back on Thursday,” said Cường.
Three-time V.League 1 champions Bình Dương have struggled since their last title in 2015. The team finished 10th in 2016 and just 11th of the 14 teams this year.
It is the first time in two years they have reached a final.
Sông Lam Nghệ An are in pole situation after their first leg win and will play at home in front of their rabid supporters.
Sông Lam Nghệ An have collected 37 trophies in their 38 year history and finished eighth in the league this year.
The top club in Việt Nam in terms of silverware will secure their fourth National Cup with a victory.
The team have not won any tournament since their last V.League 1 victory in 2011. They last took the National Cup in 2010.
The hosts have prepared well for the match, resting their top players on the bench during the last round of the V.League 1 last Saturday.
All of their squad such as striker Trần Phi Sơn, goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh and Nigerian Michael Olaha are in good form, according to coach Nguyễn Đức Thắng.
“Despite playing at our place we will have challenges as Bình Dương will present their strongest line-up. We must forget our first leg win and focus for this one,” said Thắng.
The match will begin at 5pm and live aired live on VTV6. — VNS