V.League 1 leaders Thanh Hoa were handed their second defeat of the season on Saturday after falling to a 1-0 loss to Than Quang Ninh at the Cua Ong Stadium.
Having fallen to their first loss of 2014 two weeks ago – an embarrassing 8-0 defeat at the hands of Dong Nai, Thanh Hoa looked to have gotten back on track last Friday with a 3-2 win over Quang Ninh.
But it was Quang Ninh who emerged with the three points on Saturday as they exacted revenge on their opponents; Uche Iheruome grabbing the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute to win it for his side.
Over at the Long Xuyen Stadium, Hung Vuong An Giang finally recorded their first win of the season at the 12th time of asking after beating Dong Tam Long An 2-0.
An Giang took the lead three minutes before halftime courtesy of a Dinh Hoang Max penalty, before Felix Ajala added a second in the 56th minute to seal the victory.
Finally, there was a nine-goal thriller at the Pleiku Stadium but it was SHB Da Nang who emerged victorious with a 5-4 triumph over Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
Da Nang took the lead after just eight minutes thanks to Adrian Valentic’s opener, but Bui Tran Vu fired the hosts level ten minutes later.
Valentic then suffered the ignominy of scoring an own-goal to put Gia Lai ahead and it was 3-1 two minutes later; Le Hoang Thien finding the net to extend his side’s lead.
Nonetheless, it was the visitors’ turn to respond as Huynh Quoc Anh pulled one back for them a minute after the half-hour mark, and the scores were remarkably level six minutes later when Huynh Quoc Anh grabbed the equaliser.
Da Nang then edged ahead in the 62nd minute through a strike from Jonathan Bernardo, only for HAGL to hit back and made it 4-4 two minutes later thanks to Timothy Anjembe’s 11th goal of the season.
However, although both sides deserved something for the endeavour they were showing, it was Da Nang who went on to claim maximum points after Bernardo grabbed his second of the evening a minute from time.
Saturday’s V.League 1 Results
Hung Vuong An Giang 2-0 Dong Tam Long An
Hoang Anh Gia Lai 4-5 SHB Da Nang
Than Quang Ninh 1-0 Thanh Hoa