Captain Nguyễn Văn Quyết vies for a ball during the Hà Nội FC vs Nam Định match at the National Cup's quarter-finals. Hà Nội win 4-3. — Photo zing.vn
HÀ NỘI — Captain Nguyễn Văn Quyết scored a braceto help Hà Nội FC’s 4-3 beat Nam Định in the National Cup’s quarter-final yesterday in Nam Định Province.
Hà Nội traveled to Nam Định’s Thiên Trường Stadium with much to fear after losing by two goals to nil to the arch-rival in the V.League last May.
Coach Chu Đình Nghiêm brought on his best players including national midfielder Nguyễn Quang Hải, striker Pape Omar Faye and former national player Quyết.
The hosts needed just three minutes beat keeper Nguyễn Văn Công.
Lê Sỹ Minh opened the scoring with a 30m kick which went well out of Công’s reach.
Hà Nội stepped up a gear to find an equaliser but they could not break Nam Định’s defence until the last minutes of the first half.
Talented Hải gave a smart pass that left foxed the Định defence and find Faye in the front line.
Faye shot was saved but the ball bounced to Quyết who made no mistake to head into empty net.
Five minutes later Faye got his name on the scoresheet after breaking the offside trap to tap in from close range.
Nam Định hit back with a goal by Lâm Quang Anh just five minutes after the interval.
But Anh, in an attempt to save his goal, handled the ball in the box and Hà Nội were given a penalty. Quyết succeeded with a shot straight down the middle on 58 minutes.
It was 4-2 when Hải converted a perfect pass from tiny midfielder Phạm Thành Lương into a goal at the 63rd.
Nam Định did try their best in the rest time but they could only find one more goal by Gustavo Dos Santos in the additional time.
Hà Nội joined Becamex Bình Dương in the semi-finals.
Bình Dương defeated Sài Gòn 1-0 in other match yesterday at Thống Nhất Stadium.
Pedro Augusto scored the only goal in the 78th minute.
On Wednesday, Quảng Nam and HCM City won their berths after beating Hoàng Anh Gia Lai and Hải Phòng after penalty shoot-outs.
The semi-final draw is still to be made. — VNS