HCMC – Hanoi T&T won their first V-League title despite drawing 0-0 with relegated Navibank Saigon in the penultimate round of V-League – PetroVietnam Gas 2010 on Sunday, while archrivals Haiphong defeated relegated Nam Dinh 2-0 at Hue’s Tu Do Stadium.
Hanoi T&T win first V-League after scoreless draw
Hanoi ACB win promotion to V-League next year
By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily
: Hanoi T&T players celebrate after wining the V-League title during their football match against Navibank Saigon at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi on Sunday - Photo: TTXVN HCMC – Hanoi T&T won their first V-League title despite drawing 0-0 with relegated Navibank Saigon in the penultimate round of V-League – PetroVietnam Gas 2010 on Sunday, while archrivals Haiphong defeated relegated Nam Dinh 2-0 at Hue’s Tu Do Stadium.
Already six points clear of second-place Haiphong in round 24, the leaders Hanoi T&T were satisfied with the draw to secure the title.
Hanoi T&T put early pressure on from the first minutes but visitors Navibank Saigon answered aggressively. However, both sides failed to capture many scoring chances and the game ended goalless.
With the draw, Hanoi T&T now have 46 points from 14 wins, four draws and seven losses, four points clear of second-place Haiphong.
Haiphong had a disadvantage following the VND25 million fine by Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)’s Discipline Board for their fans igniting a flare during the 22nd round game with Khatoco Khanh Hoa. The VFF had ruled they had to play at a neutral stadium with Nam Dinh at Tu Do Stadium.
Despite the away ground disadvantage, Haiphong dominated the game from the beginning and Lazaro De Souza brought home two goals in the 51st and 62nd minutes.
The victory, confirmed Haiphong at second with 42 points from 25 games, the same points as third-placed Khatoco Khanh Hoa, who defeated Ninh Binh 2-0 in the central coast city of Nha Trang.
Meanwhile, SHB Danang escaped from the danger area when the former V-League champions thrashed Lam Son Thanh Hoa 4-2 in the central province of Thanh Hoa thanks to Matias Recio Eduado, who scored all four goals for his team. Le Van Thang and Kafia Dembele netted for Lam Son Thanh Hoa in the 14th and 39th minutes respectively.
After the loss, 12th-placed Lam Son Thanh Hoa moved deeper to the play off position with 31 points, two points behind 11th-placed Ninh Binh while SHB Danang climbed to seventh position with 37 points.
Three teams in the V-league’s bottom ranking table - Lam Son Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh and Hoa Phat Hanoi, who ranked at tenth place with 35 points, will play to avoid the play-off position in the final round at the weekend.
In other results on Sunday, former V-League’s runner-up Becamex Binh Duong were defeated 2-4 by Dong Thap at Binh Duong’s Go Dau Stadium; Hoa Phat Hanoi suffered a 1-4 loss to Dong Tam Long An in the Mekong Delta province of Long An and Hoang Anh Gia Lai surpassed Song Lam Nghe An 2-1 in the central city of Vinh.
Round 25 results
Thanh Hoa 2 SHB Danang 4
Binh Duong 2 Dong Thap 4
Dong Tam Tiles 4 Hoa Phat 1
Song Lam 1 Hoang Anh 2
Haiphong 2 Nam Dinh 0
Khanh Hoa 2 Ninh Binh 0
Hanoi T&T 0 Navibank Saigon 0
Tay Ninh 1 Hanoi ACB 3
Tien Giang 2 Binh Dinh 0
HCMC Club 1 Dong Nai
Quang Ninh 4 Can Tho 0
Viettel 0 Quang Nam 3
Huda Hue 1 An Giang 0
Hanoi ACB win promotion to V-League
First Division Hanoi ACB became the first team to be promoted to the Vietnamese League next year, after defeating Tay Ninh 3-1 in the penultimate round on Saturday, while Quang Ninh Coal, Binh Dinh, An Giang and Quang Nam will compete for the second promotion ticket in the final round this week.
With the victory, leaders Hanoi ACB now have 44 points from 13 wins, five draws and five losses, four points ahead of second-placed Quang Ninh Coal, who crushed Can Tho 4-0 in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Third-placed Binh Dinh, who lost 0-2 to Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, and Quang Ninh Coal have 40 points each from 23 games but Quang Ninh ranked second thanks the goal difference.
Eleventh-positioned HCMC Club tied 1-1 with bottom-placed Tien Giang in the round while 12th-placed Viettel were defeated 0-3 by Quang Nam at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.
HCMC Club and Viettel have 24 points each but HCMC-based team ranked higher thanks to the goal difference, Dong Nai ranked at bottom with 23 points from 23 games.
Three teams at the bottom of the ranking table - HCMC Club, Viettel and Dong Nai will compete to avoid the relegation in the final round.
On Saturday, Huda Hue defeated An Giang 1-0 in the central city of Hue, climbing to ninth place with 27 points, just one point behind eighth-placed TDC Binh Duong, who didn’t play in the round.