|Phan Văn Đức celebrates scoring for Sông Lam Nghệ An in the 16th round of V.League 1 yesterday. – Photo baonghean.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Sông Lam Nghệ An (SLNA) secured their fourth win yesterday after beating Sài Gòn FC 3-2 in the 16th round of the V.League 1.
National U23 star Phan Văn Đức shone with two goals to help SLNA to the win.
Both sides are battling relegation, but the match got off to a relatively slow start and it wasn’t until the 40th that Sài Gòn captain Nguyễn Ngọc Duy made the breakthrough from the penalty spot after being fouled by Hoàng Văn Khánh.
SLNA nearly equalised before half time but Xuân Thắng’s shot was thwarted by goalie Tống Đức An.
After the break, SLNA fought back strongly with support from the home fans.
Midfielder Đức coolly placed a header past goalie An to level the score at 1-1 in the 56th minute, and he was on target again 10 minutes later to put SLNA 2-1 up, scoring his seventh goal of the campaign.
SLNA were fluid up front but their defence switched off at a corner to allow rookie Ngô Anh Vũ to level the score at 2-2.
However, taking full advantage of a foul, striker Michael Olaha won the match for hosts SLNA.
In other games played yesterday, HCM City drew with Cần Thơ 3-3, Nam Định beat Đà Nẵng 4-2 and defending champions Quảng Nam lost to top team Hà Nội 1-2.
SLNA have climbed to eighth in the table with 20 points, while Sài Gòn are bottom out of 14 teams with only 13 points. Hà Nội have established a 16-point lead over Thanh Hóa with 41 points after 16 games.
Next Sunday will see SLNA meet Hải Phòng, Quàng Nam face Hoàng Anh Gia Lai and Sài Gòn take on Nam Định. — VNS