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Analysis: Hanoi FC hit form to reignite qualification hopes

Friday, April 19, 2019
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Yangon: Hanoi FC got their 2019 AFC Cup campaign back on track thanks to a Pape Omar Faye-inspired 5-2 victory over Yangon United at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday.

After taking an early lead, the Vietnamese side quickly fell behind but showed all their class and quality with a stirring comeback to keep within striking distance of Tampines Rovers, who sit three points clear at the top of Group F.

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Senegalese striker Pape Omar Faye is proving himself to be an AFC Cup specialist. After an impressive run last year with FLC Thanh Hoa, in which he scored three times in five games, the 32-year-old now has four goals in four matches this year after his hat-trick against Yangon United.

Against Yangon he was particularly efficient and effective, boasting three goals from six shots, with the other three attempts either blocked or saved, as shown on his shooting map below.

He also worked hard all over the field and had a total of 47 passes throughout the game, including one assist to round out an impressive performance.

NQH shines

Nguyen Quang Hai is fast developing a reputation as one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting players and it’s easy to see why.

While it may not have been his busiest game, his heat map (below) still illustrates that he was able to take up dangerous positions from which he could cause damage, and he did that to maximum effect.

While he only had the 44 passes, less even than Faye, he went at 95.5 percent accuracy and had two assists on the night, and had a hand in most of the good attacking work from Hanoi throughout the game.

Press high

Despite playing away from home, the circumstances around the game meant Hanoi knew they needed to attack and they looked to dominate the game from the first whistle.

As shown on the average positions graphic (above in dark blue), Hanoi looked to overload their attack with numbers, looking to win the ball back quickly in dangerous areas from where they could cause maximum damage.

The strategy worked, with Hanoi controlling almost 60 percent of possession and making that possession count by scoring five goals on the night.

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