Ha Noi T&T bounced back from last weekend’s elimination from the AFC Champions League qualifiers by claiming a 5-2 win over Hai Phong in the V.League 1 on Saturday.
A week after seeing their Champions League dreams ended by defeat at Muangthong United, Ha Noi returned to domestic action at the Hang Day Stadium and took the lead after 13 minutes through a Hoang Vu Samson penalty.
Dong Duc Thong did equalise for Hai Phong in the 22nd minute but Gonzalo Marronkle restored the hosts’ lead on the half-hour mark, before Sam Gallagher added a third eight minutes later.
Samson then netted his second of the game a minute after the break to further consolidate his side’s position, but the visitors refused to go away and reduced the deficit once more through an Andre Fagan effort five minutes before the hour mark.
But 13 minutes from time, the three points were finally secured when Nguyen Van Quyet broke through to score Ha Noi’s fifth.
The win was enough to take Ha Noi up to second place, but they remain four points behind Hai Phong after the leaders beat Hung Vuong An Giang 2-1 at the An Giang Stadium.
The visitors broke the deadlock four minutes before halftime when Nastja Ceh grabbed his third goal of the season, before Sunday Emmanuel doubled their lead eight minutes from time.
There was some joy for An Giang as they scored their first goal of the campaign in injury-time through a Phan Thanh Binh penalty, although it proved to be a mere consolation.
Finally, Than Quang Ninh produced a stunning late fightback to force a 2-2 draw at SHB Da Nang.
Following a goalless first half at the Chi Lang Stadium, Gian Tran Quach Tan fired Da Nang in front in the 74th minute before Phan Thanh Hung made it 2-0 five minutes later.
But just as it looked as though the hosts would claim all three points, Uche Iheruome pulled one back in injury-time and Nguyen Xuan Ngoc then struck right at the death to earn Quang Ninh a point.
Saturday’s V.League 1 Results
Ha Noi T&T 5-2 Hai Phong
Hung Vuong An Giang 1-2 Thanh Hoa
SHB Da Nang 2-2 Than Quang Ninh