Wasteful Hanoi FC suffer first defeat at home in AFC Cup 2019

Wednesday, 2019-04-03 09:49:23
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Hanoi FC (in purple) lost their first match at the AFC Cup 2019 as they wasted multiple opportunities during the Group F 1-0 loss to Yangon United at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium on April 2.
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NDO – Without star players midfielder Quang Hai and defender Dinh Trong, in addition to constantly wasting a range of scoring opportunities, Hanoi FC suffered their first defeat in AFC Cup 2019 Group F, losing 1-0 to Yangon United at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium on the night of April 2.

Aiming for the 186th win in the club’s history since attending professional tournaments in 2008, Hanoi were without three national team members - trio Tran Dinh Trong, Bui Tien Dung and Nguyen Quang Hai, but they had the home advantage and dominated the third match of Group F against the Burmese side from the first minutes.

Captain Van Quyet, Hoang Vu Samson and Pape Omar on the attacking line, with the mobility from Hung Dung, helped to continuously create pressure against keeper Kyaw Zin Htet. In the 25th minute, Samson made a header from close range but failed to beat the Yangon goalkeeper. Only 30 seconds later, Pape Omar from the right wing delivered the ball into the penalty area for Thanh Chung to make another header but the ball hit the crossbar.

With Hanoi pushing up pressure in search of the opener, they suddenly conceded in the 41st minute. Defender Van Kien let Mg Lwin pass in the speed race and the Yangon United player made a neat finish to defeat goalkeeper Van Cong.

Hanoi were forced to rush for the equaliser but Omar could not beat goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet in the 42nd minute, while at a distance of less than 5 metres with the empty goal wide open, Hoang Vu Samson fired the ball into the sky.

Bad luck did not release Hanoi as, at the beginning of the second half, the home team were granted a penalty kick in the 55th minute, but captain Van Quyet went down again and suffered an injury soon after.

Having nothing left to lose, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem fielded striker Oseni to strengthen their attacks. In 63 minutes, Omar poked for Oseni to break down, but the latter could not touch the ball in front of the goal. Four minutes later, Omar even headed the ball into the net but the goal was ruled out following his foul against a Yangon defender.

In the final stage, Hanoi FC tried to focus on finding an equaliser, but their strikers proved too ungainly. Van Dai ended the match with a header hitting off the post with Hanoi suffering their first lost at home. Earning four points after three matches, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem's side have fallen to the second in Group F, three points below leaders Tampines Rovers, who beat Nagaworld 5-1.