Cong Vinh (yellow) scores a goal in the match against Long An ( Image: Vnexpress )
Hosts Dong Tam Long An, who under new manager Buketa Ranko demolished the national team 3-1 in the training match, needed a home victory to move out of the relegation zone while defending champions were eager to win the game to continue their racing for the title.
Guests T & T started the game with great confidence and took the lead after six minutes. Gonzalo met his teammate’s cross and scored from close range thanks to Long An defender Minh Thong’s mistake.
Dong Tam Long An’Antonio had a real chance to equalise in the first half but his header hit the crossbar.
After the break, the hosts intensified their attacks to level the score but failed to as T & T played solidly in their defence.
In the 80th minute, Vietnam top scorer Cong Vinh fired in from close range, sealing a 2-0 triumph over Long An.
The victory helped T & T jump to second place from third with 34 points. Leaders Song Lam Nghe An (39 points) will take on Da Nang (32 points) in a vital match today.
With a 2-0 home loss to T & T, Dong Tam Long An still remain bottom of the table.