|Hoàng Anh Gia Lai and Khánh Hòa’s players vie for the ball in the 18th round of the V.League 1 on Sunday. — Photo performgroup.com |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) lost to Khánh Hòa 4-2 in the 18th round of the V.League 1 on Sunday.
The game was held at the Pleiku Stadium in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.
Before the match, HAGL’s attack was strengthened with the return of key striker Nguyễn Công Phượng, who was suspended from the last game.
The hosts were in clear control from the opening minutes of the game. Croatian Zeba Josip gave HAGL the lead in the fifth minute, heading in for the opener.
However, taking full advantage of defensive errors, the visitors scored in the 39th and 44th minute.
After the break, HAGL equalized through Brazilian striker Osmar Moreira in the 53rd minute.
Khánh Hòa fought back strongly and they proved their mettle by scoring two more goals in only eight minutes.
Nguyễn Hoàng Quốc Chí and Lê Duy Thanh easily defeated goalkeeper Phạm Văn Tiến to help Khánh Hòa win 4-2.
With the win, Khánh Hòa climbed to second position in the table with 31 points, while HAGL rank sixth with 24 points.
In other matches played yesterday, Hà Nội beat HCM City 6-3, Quảng Ninh crushed Cần Thơ 5-1 and defending champions Quảng Nam tied with Bình Dương 4-4. Đinh Thanh Trung of Quảng Nam and Nguyễn Tiến Linh of Bình Dương both scored a hat-trick.
Elsewhere, SHB Đà Nẵng defeated Hải Phòng 2-1 and last year’s runners-up Thanh Hóa bested Sài Gòn 1-0. — VNS