Hanoi: A brace from Hoang Vu Samson secured Hanai FC a 2-0 win over Song Lam Nghe An on Sunday, securing them a fourth V.League 1 title with an unassailable lead of 54 points with five matches to play.
It was an exciting match from the get-go, and Hanoi were given a superb chance in the 17th minute when Song Lam Nghe An’s Que Ngoc Duc was fouled for a handball inside the box but Nigerian forward Oseni Ganiyu’s spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Phan Dinh Vu Hai.
The deadlock continued into the second half, but in the 61st minute, a string of passes led to Ganiyu making an attempt from close range that was blocked by ‘keeper Vu Hai but Vu Samson latched onto the deflected ball to take the lead at the Hang Day Stadium.
Three minutes into added time, the prolific Nguyen Quang Hai, who has represented Vietnam in the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and recently in the 2018 Asian Games, sent a brilliant cross into the box that found a surging Vu Samson to seal the win with his slick back-heel effort.
The Hanoi-based club missed out on the Continental club tournaments last year when they finished third, just two points behind 2017 V.League 1 winners Quang Nam.
The win also meant that Hanoi FC qualify to the 2019 AFC Champions League preliminary round 2, but if they fail to progress to the group stage, they would however be assured of a place in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Photo: Hanoi FC