15 January 2012

Thrilling draw at Vinh

Sunday encounter between defending champions SLNA and last year's runners up Ha Noi T&T ended in a 2-2 draw with two last goals scored in additional time. SLNA's Trinidad & Tobago international Hughton Hector opened his scoring sheet with a curving shot at 23rd mins before Samson Kayode, who nearly signed for Atletico Madrid in 2011, equalised with a clinical finish. Ha Noi T&T also had a clear goal chalked off in the first half because the referee deemed it was offside. The second half continued to see a balanced game until Ha Noi T&T's Vo Duy Nam was sent-off after receiving his second yellow card. SLNA pressed up to find more goals and were rewarded with Gustave Bebbe's goal at the first minute of additional time. The Cameroonian connected the low cross with a close header to help the home side take the lead again. However, at last minute of additional time, Ha Noi had a corner-kick and young midfielder Nguyen Van Quyet scored a crucial header for visitors.

Today Results
SLNA 2-2 Ha Noi T&T
Hai Phong 1-1 Dong Thap
Navibank Saigon 1-2 Ninh Binh


  1. How is SLNA looking so far this year? We always see reigning champs from VN come back the following year and struggle. Do you think they can go far in he AFC Cup?

  2. Their attackers doesn't look as sharp as last year. I think SLNA can get out of group stage in AFC Cup but not further.