Beating Binh Duong 2-0, Hanoi win National Super Cup

Saturday, 2019-02-16 21:18:38
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Hanoi players celebrate winning the Vietnamese National Football Super Cup on February 16, 2019, following a 2-0 win over Becamex Binh Duong. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Despite not fielding their strongest squad, Hanoi FC still gained an easy 2-0 win against Becamex Binh Duong, thanks to Hoang Vu Samson’s brace, to win the 2018 Vietnamese National Football Super Cup at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium on February 16.

The match drew special attention from fans as it signaled the opening of the new football season in Vietnam, and also because both teams have a range of national team members in their squads. However, as expected, Hanoi kept most of their key players on the bench to prepare for the upcoming AFC Champions League playoff match against Shandong Luneng in China on February 19, while Binh Duong also missed key striker Tien Linh due to injury.

Binh Duong, the National Cup winners, started the game actively with multiple attacks right from the first minutes. However, after a few minutes of being overwhelmed by the visitors, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side gradually regained their possession and launched counter-attacks on their opponents’ goal.

The two teams observe the national anthem before the match.

In the 9th minute, Hanoi scored the opener, thanks to Hoang Vu Samson's superb header. National player Duc Huy launched an attack on the right wing, then the ball was delivered to Pape Omar and the player’s pass was perfect to help Samson score a header, beating goalkeeper Tan Truong to open the scoring for the reigning V.League 1 champions.

Hanoi took a 1-0 lead in 9th minute, thanks to Hoang Vu Samson's goal.

It wasn’t until the 20th minute, that Binh Duong were able to create their first notable chance since the beginning of the match. From a corner kick, veteran striker Anh Duc headed towards goal. Keeper Van Cong stood still, but the ball hit the outside of the post and went out.

The last minute of the first half was exciting with continuous attacks from both sides, but Samson missed two golden chances to double the lead for his home team, while Ho Sy Giap also sent the ball wide from a rebound to miss a golden opportunity to level the scoring for Binh Duong before the first half ended.

In the second half, Binh Duong pulled out veteran striker Anh Duc, while Hanoi, in contrast, fielded former national captain, striker Van Quyet, with determination to score more goals. The home team almost completely controlled the game as Binh Duong did not play actively.

Hanoi players celebrate their second goal.

In the 62nd minute, immediately after coming off the bench, Van Quyet left a mark when sending the ball for Ngan Van Dai to run on the right wing, before passing to Samson to easily net into the near post, doubling the scoring for Hanoi.

The 2-0 lead helped Hanoi to slow down the tempo in the remaining minutes. Binh Duong strengthened attacks but their efforts did not pay off as the match ended with the 2-0 score in favour of Hanoi.

The victory was enough for Hanoi to win their first title in the new season. This is a success for the V.League champions as, in addition to winning the Super Cup, they also preserved their forces to prepare for the trip to China three days later.

Over 10,000 fans came to cheer on the two teams at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.

Hanoi (purple shirt) and Becamex Binh Duong’s players (red shirt) in action during the match.

Veteran striker Anh Duc shoots at goal.