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SLNA wins Ho Chi Minh City despite lack of players

08 Th7 2022 | 16:48

Ngee AnnDefender Chen Tinghuang was sent off in the first half, but SLNA won 2-0 in the sixth round of the V League on July 8.

SLNA has lost to Ho Chi Minh City in the last four meetings. But when they reunite this time in Rongchang, the wind changes. Coach Nguyen Huy Hoang’s army advanced into the attacking formation at the opening. They quickly took control of the game, gradually pushing Ho Chi Minh City to the home third. Defenders Que Ngoc Hai or Tran Dinh Hoang repeatedly batted past the visitors’ defence, allowing the striker to break through the offside trap and threaten Nguyen Thanh Thang’s goal.

Mai Sy Hoang celebrates the goal that set the score 2-0 for SLNA on July 8 at Vinh Stadium.

Mai Sy Hoang celebrates the goal that set the score 2-0 for SLNA on July 8 at Vinh Stadium.

Phan Van Duc remains the most dangerous attack on the SLNA side. In the 11th minute, he nearly scored with a header. 6 minutes later, before the 16-point 50-line, Olaha cleared the ball and Van Dijk shot wide. Interspersed with Van Duk’s two free throws was Ossene’s long-range shot after a sudden steal from Lucas in the penalty area.

In the 19th minute, SLNA also opened the scoring. Dinh Hoang knocked down Ho Chi Minh City’s entire backline so Olaha could slide the ball down to seal the ball and establish the goal. In the 37th minute, Dinh Hoang was mentioned again, but in the opposite direction. He fouled Zhu Wenjian and was sent off with a direct red card by referee Ruan Zhongjian.

Ho Chi Minh City, which is in a dominant position, not only could not force SLNA to equalize, but also conceded more goals. In the 43rd minute, Van der Ausseni passed the ball wide, but the ball floated to the second post. Mai Shihuang waited and put the ball into the empty net to double the point difference.

Goalkeeper Thanh Thang had a tough day with multiple rolls preventing the SLNA's finishing stage.

Goalkeeper Thanh Thang had a tough day with multiple rolls preventing the SLNA’s finishing stage.

Ho Chi Minh City also narrowly conceded a goal in the 49th minute when Van der failed to beat goalkeeper Thanh Thang in a quick three-on-two counterattack. If the hosts have more No. 20 teammates, the chances of passing the ball and scoring will be clearer.

In order to break the deadlock, coach Chen Mingjian launched Pinto and Zhonglong on the field several times in the 51st minute, but the situation did not improve much. Only when the SLNA players are down two-thirds of the way through the game can the visiting team create a more dominant position. However, they only had a good chance in the 68th minute. After Huang Ting took a free kick, the ball was passed to Zhu Wenjian’s feet. No. 18 goalkeeper Fan Huang’s shot was unable to be stopped by goalkeeper Fan Huang, but the ball leaked into the post.

SLNA then threw the entire team into the defensive home, keeping the score at 2-0 until the final whistle.

2-0 Ho Chi Minh City, SLNA moves up to second in the 2022 V-League. Mr. Nguyen Huy Hoang’s teachers and students scored 10 points, one point behind the first place in Haiphong. The next game, SLNA will host Ha Tinh on July 15th.

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