The away side were comfortably beaten by a resurgent Hà Nội FC by a score of four goals to nil, but the bigger result was securing a portion of the money they’re owed by the club on Saturday.
The Hà Nội FC coach resigned two days ago after a 2-0 defeat to SHB Đà Nẵng on Friday, the latest in a string of poor results this season.
The enforced rest due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a boon for the country's two best-supported teams Hà Nội FC and Hoàng Anh Gia Lai ahead of the mid-March restart.
Title favourites Hà Nội are without a point and rooted to the bottom of the table after two matches.
Hải flattered to deceive in 2020 and even though he popped up with the occasional moment of magic for his club, it’s fair to say we’ve all been expecting a lot more.
In front of nearly 20,000 fans, head coach Park Hang-seo selected a strong senior team including Nguyễn Quang Hải, Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, Nguyễn Công Phượng, Đỗ Hùng Dũng and Phan Văn Đức.
His performance in last Wednesday's friendly match against the senior national team only further proved his talent and showed why many people believe he is a future star of Vietnamese football.