Pape Omar of Hà Nội FC (right) makes a shot against Hoàng Anh Gia Lai keeper Wieger Sietsma during their V.League 1 match yesterday. VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt
HÀ NỘI — HCM City came from behind to beat SHB Đà Nẵng 3-2 to lead V.League 1 while Hà Nội drew Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 1-1 for their second position yesterday.
Despite hosts HCM City could not play on their Thống Nhất ground which is currently busy with an international athletics tournament.
However it did not prevent them from attacking.
Just five minutes into the game, Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn had his chance to open the score with a nod within the box but his attempt went wide with a small gap.
Although under strong attack, Đà Nẵng went ahead at the eighth minute.
Djicka Gassissou Aime was left free in the penalty area when receiving the ball and he just did an easy job to beat goalkeeper Nguyễn Thanh Thắng with a header.
Six minutes later it was 1-1 after Đà Nẵng goalie made mistake giving the ball to Phạm Công Hiển who tapped in for a goal.
Aime pushed the visiting side ahead at the 21st mark. This time it was a straight shoot to the far corner.
Huỳnh Kesley Alves set the balance back with a long-distance finish seconds before the interval.
Alves was just back in action after a long time rest due to injury.
Ten minutes after the break, Masaray Victor Nabay lifted the hosts ahead for the first time this match.
Midfielder Ngô Hoàng Thịnh brought the ball pass many Đà Nẵng players to reach Masaray in the box who made it 3-2.
In Hà Nội, national striker Nguyễn Văn Toàn shone in the last minutes to save Hoàng Anh Gia Lai from a fourth loss in a row in a match against defending champions Hà Nội FC.
The hosts were considered stronger team as they showed up with most of their national players in the starting line.
They played without head coach Chu Đình Nghiêm who was banned due to his bad words outbursted to referees in the previous game.
However they were confident to have a win with just three minutes to open the score.
Captain Nguyễn Văn Quyết gave a perfect ball to Pape Omar who jumped high and headed to the net.
Hà Nội continued threatening Hoàng Anh Gia Lai whose national team members such as Nguyễn Tuấn Anh and Lương Xuân Trường failed to shine.
It was nearly 2-0 for the hosts when Hoàng Anh Gia Lai keeper Sietsma failed to catch a ball from his teammate. Fortunately he had a rapid react to pick the ball up before it entered the net.
The second half was a balanced battle of two sides. Hoàng Anh Gia Lai however were a better one as they finally found the equalizer in the extra time.
Toàn beat the offside trap to beat keeper Văn Công with a straight shot.
In other matches, bottom-placed Sanna Khánh Hoà beat three-time champions Becamex Bình Dương 1-0; Nam Định thrashed Thanh Hoá 4-2; hosts Quảng Nam were defeated 1-2 by Hải Phòng, and Quảng Ninh won 1-0 over Viettel. — VNS