SHB Danang win dramatic V-League title, Dong Thap relegated

Vu Duc

SHB Danang players celebrate after receiving the V-League trophy in the central city on Sunday - Photo: TTXVN

SHB Danang players celebrate after receiving the V-League trophy in the central city on Sunday - Photo: TTXVN

Tay Ninh drop down, Dong Nai win play-off position

At the other end of the table Dong Thap joined Haiphong in the First Division.

All eyes were on Thong Nhat Stadium, though, as the nation’s two rival cities went head to head in a winner takes all clash but as Saigon couldn’t break down a stubborn Hanoi defence it was left to Danang to steal the title.

Before the 4.10pm kick offs Hanoi were sitting on 46 points, Saigon on 45 with Danang behind on goal difference and also on 45 points.

A win for either leaders Hanoi T&T or Saigon Xuan Thanh would clinch the title, while Danang had to beat Ninh Binh and pray for a draw between their rivals.

SHB Danang had all the early pressure and Vo Hoang Quang opened for the visitors in the 26th minute. Ninh Binh tried to hit back but at the break the score remained 1-0 to Danang.

Midfielder Huynh Quoc Anh netted for Danang in the 52nd minute with an unstoppable shot inside the penalty area before the midfielder scored his second goal after receiving a pass from midfielder Phan Thanh Hung.

Ivory Coast striker Moussa Sanogo hit a consolation in the 87th minute of the match with a header from close range for Ninh Binh and the victory was enough for coach Le Huynh Duc’s players to secure the V-League crown, four years after he won the title with Danang as head coach.

Meanwhile, Saigon’s dream was smashed despite 25,000 fans packing into Thong Nhat Stadium with a host of missed chances preventing them from winning the crown.

With the victory, SHB Danang secured 48 points from 14 wins, six draws and six losses, just one point clear of second-placed Hanoi T&T and two points ahead of third-placed Saigon Xuan Thanh.

Dong Thap beat Thanh Hoa 3-2 at Cao Lanh Stadium, but their dreams of avoiding the drop on the last day were dashed as rivals Khatoco Khanh Hoa earned a 2-1 victory over last year’s champions Song Lam Nghe An. Hanoi Club also picked up three valuable points in a 5-0 thrashing of Haiphong.

Kienlongbank KG escaped from the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Navibank Saigon thanks to Daal Dyron Rudolph and Oseni Bolaji’s efforts.

Kienlongbank KG, Hanoi and Khanh Hoa secured 32 points each but Kienlongbank go into the play-off on goal difference.

Sixth-placed Becamex Binh Duong were defeated 2-0 by fifth-placed Hoang Anh Gia Lai in the Central Highlands city of Pleiku.

Champions Danang picked up VND3 billion in cash and the league trophy, while runners-up Hanoi T&T pocketed VND1.5 billion and third-place Saigon Xuan Thanh received VND750 million. Hanoi Club’s striker Timothy Anjembe from Nigeria was top scorer with 17 goals.

V-League final ranking

Post Club Wins Draws Losses Point
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

SHB Danang

Hanoi T&T

Saigon Xuan Thanh

Song Lam Nghe An

Hoang Anh Gia Lai

Becamex Binh Duong

Navibank Saigon

Ninh Binh

Hanoi

Kienlongbank KG

Thanh Hoa

Khatoco Khanh Hoa

Dong Thap

Haiphong

14

13

12

9

11

10

8

10

9

9

9

9

7

3

6

8

10

14

6

6

11

3

5

5

5

5

9

5

6

5

4

3

9

10

7

13

12

12

12

12

10

18

48

47

46

41

39

36

35

33

32

32

32

32

30

14

Tay Ninh relegated

Tay Ninh were relegated to the Second Division despite a 1-0 victory over Hung Vuong An Giang in the final round of the First Division on Saturday, while Dong Nai won a play-off position despite a 1-1 draw with TDC Binh Duong at home.

Tay Ninh became the second team to be relegated to the Second Division next year with HCMC.

TDC Binh Duong and Junior Hanoi, who earned a 2-0 win over Quang Nam, escaped relegation. TDC Binh Duong, Junior Hanoi and Tay Ninh both secured 29 points each, but Tay Ninh have to play in the Second Division next season due to goal difference.

Meanwhile, champions Dong Tam Long An Tiles and runners-up Hanoi will star in the V-League next season.

Hanoi beat relegated HCMC 3-1 at Hang Day Stadium. With the victory, Hanoi secured 48 points from 15 wins, three draws and eight losses, just one point behind champions Dong Tam Tiles, who were held 1-1 by Binh Dinh in the central coast city of Qui Nhon.

Third-placed Dong Nai, who tied goalless with 12th-placed TDC Binh Duong, finished on 40 points, one point ahead of fourth-placed Quang Ninh Coal, who earned a 3-1 home win over Junior SHB Danang.

In the other game on Saturday, fifth-placed Can Tho beat eighth-positioned Lam Dong 2-1.

First Division final ranking

Post Club Wins Draws Losses Points
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Dong Tam Long An

Hanoi

Dong Nai

Quang Ninh

Can Tho

Binh Dinh

Junior SHB Danang

Lam Dong

Hung Vuong An Giang

Quang Nam

Junior Hanoi

TDC Binh Duong

Tay Ninh

HCMC Club

15

15

11

10

10

9

10

9

8

7

8

7

8

5

4

3

7

9

9

11

7

6

8

10

5

8

5

8

7

8

8

7

7

6

9

10

10

9

13

11

13

13

49

48

40

39

39

38

37

33

32

31

29

29

29

23

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