Becamex Binh Duong claimed the lead in the V.League 1 on Sunday after cruising to a 4-1 win over Hoang Anh Gia Lai at the Go Dau Stadium.
The hosts took the lead seven minutes before the half-hour mark when Abass Cheikh Dieng sent Bassey Akpan the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Phung Van Nhien had been penalised for handball inside the area.
And two minutes before the break, Nguyen Trong Hoang raced down the right and whipped a precise cross into the path of Dieng, who made no mistake in sweeping his shot into the back of the net to double his and his side’s tally.
Binh Duong added a third three minutes into the second half when Abdullahi Suleiman was left with a simple header at the near post following another terrific delivery from Trong Hoang, who then made it 4-0 in the 52nd minute after racing through on goal and coolly slotting into the bottom corner.
HAGL did manage to pull one back in injury-time when Tran Duc Dhong broke free inside the box and clipped a shot past Nguyen Quoc Thein Esele but it proved to be a mere consolation, as Le Thuy Hai’s charges went on to claim a deserving win.
The result allowed Binh Duong to move top of the table on goal difference, after previous leaders Ha Noi T&T were held to a shock 3-3 draw by second-from-bottom Dong Tam Long An.
Ha Noi were initially cruising to victory at the Hang Day Stadium after Gonzalo Marronkle fired them ahead in the 14th minute, before adding a second six minutes before halftime.
But Tran Chi Cong managed to pull one back for the visitors seven minutes after the hour mark, and they equalised in the 80th minute when Ganiyu Oseni found the back of the net.
Remarkably, Long An then found themselves in front four minutes from time when Oseni struck once more but in the first minute of injury-time, Nguyen Van Quyet netted to spare the hosts’ blushes and earn them a share of the spoils.
Over at the Tam Ky Stadium, third-placed Thanh Hoa struck late to claim a 3-2 triumph over QNK Quang Nam.
After Le Van Tan had fired the visitors ahead in the 27th minute, their lead was further consolidated when Dinh Van Ta made it 2-0 five minutes before halftime.
However, Nguyen Chi Huynh reduced the deficit for Quang Nam three minutes later, and it looked like they had done enough to force the draw when Almeida found the equaliser in the 85th minute.
Nonetheless, in the third minute of injury-time, Slobodan Dincic popped up with his first goal for Thanh Hoa to win it for them and keep them three points off the top of the table.
SHB Da Nang remain a further four points behind in fourth place after edging Than Quang Ninh in a real thriller to emerge 4-3 winners at the Cua Ong Stadium.
While Adrian Valentic had put the visitors ahead after 14 minutes, Vu Minh Tuan struck on the stroke of halftime to ensure both sides went in level at the break.
Da Nang managed to reclaim the lead three minutes into the second half through a Jhonatan Mariano Bernardo strike, and edged further ahead in the 51st minute when Ho Ngoc Thang found the back of the net.
Again, the hosts responded as Bui Trong Nghia made it 3-2 in the 87th minute, only for Nguyen Vu Phong to restore his side’s two-goal cushion in the fourth minute of injury-time.
Still, there was enough time for Quang Ninh to hit back again through a Peter Omoduemuke effort, although it proved too little too late as their opponents ultimately held out for maximum points.
Meanwhile, Song Lam Nghe An came from a goal down to beat Dong Nai 3-1 at the Dong Nai Stadium to extend their winning run to four matches.
Luiz Henrique opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he scored from the spot but both sides were reduced to ten men a minute later; Dong Nai defender Thiago Junio and SLNA striker Paul Emile Biyaga handed their marching orders.
But it was the visitors who responded better and Ho Sy Sam found the equaliser in the 75th minute, before Le Cong Vinh fired them ahead two minutes later.
And in the fourth minute of injury-time, Tran Phi Son got in on the act with his fifth goal of the campaign to wrap up the victory.
Finally, Hung Vuong An Giang and Hai Phong played out a 1-1 draw at the Long Xuyen Stadium; Hoang Dinh Tung firing the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute before Le Tuan Anh cancelled it out a minute later.
Sunday’s V.League 1 Results
Hung Vuong An Giang 1-1 Hai Phong
QNK Quang Nam 2-3 Thanh Hoa
Becamex Binh Duong 4-1 Hoang Anh Gia Lai
Dong Nai 1-3 Song Lam Nghe An
Than Quang Ninh 3-4 SHB Da Nang
Ha Noi T&T 3-3 Dong Tam Long An