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Sông Lam Nghệ An wins third National Cup trophy

Update: December, 01/2017 - 09:00
Sông Lam Nghệ An players celebrate their National Cup victory after beating Becamex Bình Dương 7-2 in aggregate yesterday in Vinh City. — VNS Photo Tuấn Tú
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Phan Văn Đức scored a double and assisted in another score to help Sông Lam Nghệ An beat Becamex Bình Dương 5-1 in the second leg match of the National Cup final yesterday in Vinh City.

The aggregate result of 7-2 after two legs brought Sông Lam Nghệ An the trophy, ending their waiting for six years.

Sông Lam Nghệ An had all elements working for them ahead of the game.

They played on their home turf, which was filled by nearly 30,000 supporters, when the organisers decided to open the door.

They had their best players full of energy, after they were rested from the V.League match last Saturday.

And they won the first leg match 2-1 over Bình Dương.

This was the reason why coach Nguyễn Đức Thắng asked his players to compete by attacking at high speed from the beginning.

The 21-year-old midfielder Đức received a ball in the box at the 16th minute and headed to the net. His finish hit the pole and bounced back to reach Kovacevic Danko, who may have scored the easiest goal in his career, netting to the empty net from two metres.

Five minutes later, Đức, himself, made his name in the electric board with a finish to the far corner of former national team goalkeeper Bùi Tấn Trường.

National striker Nguyễn Anh Đức narrowed the result for Bình Dương with a close-range tap-in, after a one-two combination with teammate Hoàng Nam in front of keeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh.

But that was all that the visitors could do in this match.

Their hope of overthrowing Sông Lam Nghệ An was nearly ended when Đức netted for the second time, with a goal some minutes before the interval.

In the second half, coach Trần Bình Sự decided to play with three strikers, with a view to find more goals.

However, Sông Lam Nghệ An defenders were also as good as their strikers, as they stopped all of Bình Dương’s attempts to score.

At the same time, Sông Lam Nghệ An netted two more goals by Olaha and Hồ Phúc Tịnh.

When the final whistle was blown, players and coaches ran to find their teammates and colleagues to share their happiness. They hugged and burst into tears.

It was the third National Cup title for the hosts and their 38th silverware in their history, making them the richest team of cups in Việt Nam.

“Every victory is honourable, every cup is priceless. I am the happiest man of the day. We have been waiting for a long time for this day,” said coach Thắng, with tears in his eyes.

“We have a really wonderful match. We are better than them. My players showed their skills, techniques and spirit. They scored very well. We deserved to take the title,” he said. — VNS


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