Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Let’s review five talking points from the latest V.League action.
Saigon FC extend unbeaten streak to nine matches
Saigon FC players celebrate a goal during their match against Thanh Hoa FC.
Saigon FC are emerging as an interesting phenomenon this season as they are the only team to remain unbeaten after the first five matchdays. With a 3-0 rout of Thanh Hoa FC, Vu Tien Thanh’s side have solidified their lead in the title race, marking the second consecutive round of matches where Saigon FC have stood at the top of the standings.
This is an extremely respectable result, especially given that Saigon FC were initially not named amongst the strong favourites for the trophy. Given their brilliant and stable form, Saigon have delivered a strong message that they are definitely capable of competing for the top honour in V.League 2020.
HCM City register widest-margin away win in V.League
Fan favourite striker Nguyen Cong Phuong contributed one goal and one assist as Ho Chi Minh City beat hosts Quang Ninh Coal 3-0 on Saturday. The victory, their first in three games, helped Chung Hae-seong’s side remain in second place in the table, two points behind leaders Saigon FC. This is also the widest away margin for HCM City since their promotion to the nation’s top-tier league.
V.League stadiums see record attendances
The clash between Nam Dinh FC and Quang Nam FC at Thien Truong Stadium draws the most fans in the stands on Matchday 9.
With a total of 73,000 supporters arriving at stadiums to cheer their favourite teams – an average of 10,429 people per match – Matchday 9 witnessed the largest number of fans in attendance since the beginning of the season, surpassing the previous record of 66,000 (9,429 per match) during the previous three rounds of games.
The clash between Nam Dinh FC and Quang Nam FC at Thien Truong Stadium drew the most fans in the stands, 18,000, followed by the SHB Da Nang-Hanoi FC match at Hoa Xuan Stadium with 15,000, and the Becamex Binh Duong-Hoang Anh Gia Lai game at Go Dau Stadium with 14,000.
Viettel record first home win
Viettel FC (in red) have climbed to third place in the table after Matchday 9.
Three goals scored within six minutes (15’ to 21’) by Caique, Bruno and Van Hao, and a superb free-kick in the second half by substitute Vu Minh Tuan helped Viettel FC demolish Hai Phong FC 4-0 over the weekend. This is the first home win for Truong Viet Hoang’s side and also their widest margin of victory since the beginning of the season, helping them break into the top three after Matchday 9.
Nam Dinh FC push Quang Nam to the bottom
Nam Dinh FC edged past Quang Nam FC 1-0 at home thanks to a solitary goal by Tony Agbaji, thereby ending a poor record of never beating that team since their return to the country’s top-flight football.
With the victory, Pham Hong Phu’s side have officially pushed Quang Nam down to rock bottom in the table, a position held by Nam Dinh FC following the previous matchday.