Hà Nội players celebrate their first ever National Cup victory after beating Quảng Nam 2-1 in the final yesterday. — Photo news.zing.vn
HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Văn Quyết scored one and made one to help Hà Nội FC come from behind to beat Quảng Nam and lift the National Cup.
It is their first trophy from four final attempts and makes them most successful in Việt Nam. They won the V.League 1 five times and have two Super Cup triumphs.
The Tam Kỳ Stadium was waterlogged due to the current Matmo typhoon in the central region of Việt Nam leading to a scrappy game, with both teams resorting to long-ball tactics.
The V.League 1 champions Hà Nội created the first chances early on but striker Ngân Văn Đại and midfielder Nguyễn Quang Hải both failed to score.
Quảng Nam playing at home also created chances but strikers Hà Minh Tuấn and Hoàng Vũ Samson, former Hà Nội’s player, couldn’t beat goalkeeper Phí Minh Long.
One the 35th-minute mark the hosts went one up.
Nguyễn Hồng Sơn sent a free kick to the box and Hà Nội’s defender Đinh Thành Chung heading into his own net when his attempted clearance went wrong and flew into the top left corner of Long’s net.
The second half saw Hà Nội gradually get back into the match and begin to dominate. Coach Chu Đình Nghiêm clearly demanded more from his team and they delivered after the break.
On 68 minutes they were level.
Skipper Quyết picked up the ball in the box and his low finish went through three Quảng Nam players and keeper Phạm Văn Cường to find the net.
Papa Ibou Kebe netted the winner with eight minutes remaining, thanks to a smart assist from the captain.
“The whole team have tried our best this match and the trophy is a worthy award for us,” said Quyết who was named man of the match.
“The bad weather influenced our performance and we played without our best foreign players. It's hard to play Quảng Nam who are at home and known this pitch by heart.
“The victory will be a strong push for us to try to work harder and better,” said Quyết who grabbed the best V.League 1 player of the season title for the second year in a row. — VNS