Goals from Van Tuan and Tien Thanh saw Halida Thanh Hoa stun Hoang Anh Gia Lai with a shocking 2 – 0 victory at home.
|Halida Thanh Hoa’s Mai Tien Thanh (left) vies for the ball against Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Minh Nghia|
The host team looked comfortable lead 1 – 0 just three minutes after the start thanks to a great team effort between Rodgers and Van Tuan.
Rodgers burst down the left flank before whipping a low pass across the face of the goal to an onrushing Van Tuan, who simply tapped the ball home at the near post.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai managed a strong rally, but their lackluster front line was easily shut down by Halida Thanh Hoa’s bustling defense as the host team played defensively to protect their early lead.
The visitors’ main threat was produced by Thai midfielder Thonglao in the 11th minute, but he wasted a glorious chance to restore parity, firing wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors almost took another hit three minutes later as Rodgers sent Mai Tien Thanh’s cross narrowly wide in a one-on-one challenge.
The game picked up after the break at a frantic pace as Hoang Anh Gia Lai pressed for the equalizer.
But Halida Thanh Hoa’s Tien Thanh doused their hopes with a quality goal eight minutes after the break. He won the ball in the midfield and streaked off at a lightning pace to escape his pursuers before moving past an advancing.
The host team’s Rodgers came closest to extending the lead six minutes later when he fired a delicate pass from Huy Thai wide though he had only goalkeeper Quoc Viet to beat.
At the other end, striker Eduardo was thrown in for an ineffectual Thonglao, but couldn’t trouble Halida Thanh Hoa’s steady defense.
Halida Thanh Hoa: Mykola, Kizito, Mai Xuan Hop, Rodgers, Van Tuan, Trong Hai, Thanh Dung, Mai Tien Thanh, Huy Thai, Anh Tuan, Van Thanh
Hoang Anh Gia Lai: Quoc Viet, Thonglao, Duy Quang, Van Dan, A Huynh, Duy Hoang, Viet Anh, Dusit, Minh Thien, Van Kiet, Agostinho
The V-League Petro Viet Nam Gas 2007 Table
Team P W D L Pts 1 Becamex Binh Duong 21 13 6 2 45 2 Hoang Anh Gia Lai 21 10 4 5 34 3 Dong Tam Long An 21 9 6 6 33 4 Pisico Binh Dinh 21 9 5 7 32 5 Da Nang 21 8 8 5 32 6 Halida Thanh Hoa 21 8 7 6 31 7 Nam Dinh 21 7 7 7 28 8 Southern Steel-Saigon Port 21 7 8 6 27 9 Song Lam Nghe An 21 6 8 7 26 10 Ha Noi ACB 21 6 6 9 24 11 Khatoco Khanh Hoa 21 7 3 11 24 12 Hoa Phat Ha Noi 21 5 8 8 23 13 Dong Thap 21 3 10 8 19 14 Huda Hue 21 4 6 11 18