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.
Nghiêm has been banned for two matches after a verbal altercation with referee Vũ Phúc Hoan in the previous game between Hà Nội and Sanna Khánh Hoà on Saturday.
Khánh Hòa were the first team to take a point at the capital side's home ground this season.
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Nam has targeted booking a place in the 2026 World Cup, according to the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) deputy chairman Trần Quốc Tuấn.