Becamex Binh Duong vs Hanoi FC: 3 Classic Matches
Kuala Lumpur: There is less than a week until two of Vietnam’s most successful sides – Becamex Binh Duong and Hanoi FC – face off in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final and anticipation is building across the Southeast Asian country.
Between them, the teams have won eight of the past 12 V.League titles (four each) and over the years there have been numerous classic encounters that have featured goals galore.
To whet the appetite ahead of the first leg in Thu Dau Mot City on Wednesday, the-AFC.com has picked out three matches which will live long in the memory.
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1. Hanoi FC 4-2 Becamex Binh Duong – V.League, January 11, 2014
(Binh Duong crowned 2014 champions)
Hanoi went into the opening game of the 2014 V.League at home to Binh Duong as defending champions, while the visitors had not lifted the title since 2009 and finished in the bottom half of the table in 2013.
The capital city side fell behind to Abbas Cheikh Dieng’s strike 10 minutes before the interval but then went on a rampage after the restart as Hughtun Hector, Hoang Vu Samson and Gonzalo Marronkle all got on the scoresheet to put the hosts 4-1 up.
Nguyen Trong Hoang netted a late consolation but it was Hanoi who picked up where they left off in 2013 to move to the top of the standings. The title race, however, would end up an enthralling battle between the two sides.
With two games to play and Binh Duong a point ahead, Hanoi suffered a 2-1 defeat to Da Nang, while Binh Duong won 3-1 at Long An to wrap up their first title in five years as their rivals were forced to settle for the runners-up spot.
2. Becamex Binh Duong 4-5 Hanoi FC – V.League, July 9, 2016
(Hanoi crowned 2016 champions)
Having won two V.League titles in a row, Binh Duong were aiming to become the first side to ever claim three successive championships in 2016 and had defeated Hanoi 2-1 in the capital earlier in the campaign. The reverse fixture would be the tie of the season.
Binh Duong struck early through Dang Van Thanh, but goals from Nguyen Quang Hai, Hoang Vu Samson and Nguyen Van Quyet put the visitors 3-1 up on the hour. Nguyen Tien Linh pulled one back for the defending champions but Quang Hai’s second made it 4-2 with 14 minutes remaining.
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The hosts were not done yet, though, and Le Cong Vinh netted before Nguyen Anh Duc dinked home a sumptuous penalty with five minutes to play. Incredibly, there was time for one more goal as, in the last minute, Do Hung Dung rounded the ‘keeper to tap into an empty net and stun the home support.
The three points for the visitors would ultimately prove crucial as Hanoi hit form in the final weeks of the season, winning their last five games in a row and pipping Hai Phong to the title by virtue of goal difference.
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3. Hanoi FC 3-3 Becamex Binh Duong – Vietnamese Cup Semi-Final First Leg, July 25, 2018 (Binh Duong win 2018 Vietnamese Cup)
The stakes were again high when the pair clashed in the semi-finals of the 2018 Vietnamese Cup, with the first leg in Hanoi producing a classic. Hanoi had been the dominant side in the league in recent years, but had yet to taste cup glory.
Nigeria-born Dinh Hoang Max put the visitors in front with a delightful free-kick as the half hour approached, only for Hoang Vu Samson to level shortly after. Parity did not last long, though, as To Van Vu drilled into the back of the net to put Binh Duong 2-1 up at the interval.
Van Vu struck once more after the restart to give Binh Duong a two-goal cushion but Hung Dung gave the hosts hope when he rifled home on 69 minutes. With 15 minutes remaining, former Binh Duong player Moses Oloya then headed in Van Quyet’s free-kick to round off the scoring and leave the second leg on a knife edge.
Hanoi needed to score in Thu Dau Mot City, but Binh Duong were resolute as a goalless draw saw the hosts advance on away goals. A 3-1 victory over FLC Thanh Hoa in the final then ensured their first Vietnamese Cup since 2015 as well as a place in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Photos: Hanoi FC
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