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Van Quyet targeting historic treble

Hanoi: Nguyen Van Quyet has admitted that Hanoi FC are aiming to end the season with three trophies as the Vietnamese side prepare to take on DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday. 

Hanoi were crowned V.League champions last Thursday and they are just two games away from the AFC Cup Final, while the capital city club will face Ho Chi Minh City FC in the Vietnamese Cup semi-finals in late October. 

Their first task will be to overcome 4.25, with the first meeting to take place at Hang Day Stadium ahead of a potentially tricky reverse fixture in Pyongyang, where their opponents boast a 100 percent record in the 2019 campaign.

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“Not just me, but all the players and fans are now targeting the treble; we’ve got the first one, but now we’re thinking about the AFC Cup and the Vietnamese Cup,” admitted the Hanoi skipper.

“This has been a very successful season for the team and I’m very happy to win two consecutive league titles. It’s the fifth time we have won the V.League and no other side has done that. 

“I think the 4.25 match is historic for Vietnamese football, so we are not thinking about the V.League title now, just looking towards the AFC Cup. We have never won the Vietnamese Cup either, so it’s also a very important target.”

Injury kept the 28-year-old out of much of the group stage, but he returned in fine form in the knockout rounds and has scored five crucial goals to help Hanoi progress further in the AFC Cup than they ever have before.

Goals against the Philippines’ Ceres Negros and domestic rivals Becamex Binh Duong helped the V.League side be crowned ASEAN Zonal Champions, before Van Quyet inspired his team once more against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr. 

With the score at 2-2 in the first leg of the Inter-Zone semi-final, he came off the bench to net a late penalty and secure a 3-2 win in Hanoi, before he scored a brace in Ashgabat as a 2-2 draw sealed a 5-4 aggregate victory.

Inter-Zone S-final 1st Leg: Hanoi FC v Altyn Asyr FC

“It’s been such a great season and I’m very proud to score so many goals at important times for the team, but they all came with my teammates’ help,” noted Van Quyet.

“I was able to score the goals in Turkmenistan because the team prepared so well. In football, preparation is so important to achieve success, which is why I always think about the best tactics to defeat the opponents. 

“My favourite goal was my second against Altyn Asyr when I headed the ball over their goalkeeper as it was such an important goal and it helped us create history for Vietnamese football.”

Hanoi may be riding on the crest of a wave at present, having not tasted defeat since late May, but there remains plenty of work to be done if they are to complete the most successful campaign ever by a Vietnamese club side. 

“I hope that the whole team can maintain their focus to keep getting good results,” added Van Quyet.

“We also need a little luck on our side if we are to win both Cups. I think the match against 4.25 is now one of the most important games of our whole season.”

Photo: Hanoi FC

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