|HCM City 1 player (left) tackles with Phong Phú Hà Nam’s Trần Thị Duyên. — Photo vff.org.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NAM — Hà Nội overtook HCM City 1 to take the lead after the defending champions grabbed just 1 point after a 0-0 draw against Phong Phú Hà Nam in the 2nd round of the Women’s National Football Championship 2018 on May 24.
After losing in the 1st round, Phong Phú Hà Nam started the match with determination to clinch their first win of the season. While HCM City 1 showed a confident face after a big win against HCM City 2.
The match was balanced with chances created by both teams, but none were converted into goals.
Despite having more attempts, Hà Nam failed to score as their players wasted good chances.
Shooting accuracy is clearly a serious problem for Hà Nam as they couldn’t score a single goal after two matches in the tournament despite numerous attempts.
Earlier at 4pm, Hà Nội had a difficult 2-1 win against HCM City 2.
HCM City 2 surprisingly lead the scoresheet in the 33rd minute with an opening goal scored by Thanh Như after a rare counterattack.
But in the 61st minute, after a corner, Hà Nội’s striker Phạm Hải Yến equalized with a header.
HCM couldn’t survive for long under Hà Nội’s massive pressure. The winning goal came 25 minutes later from substitute Nguyễn Thị Huế and sealed the victory for Hà Nội.
The result helped Hà Nội climb to the top of the table, while HCM City 1 dropped to 2nd place. — VNS