Nam Dinh Pile Pressure on Hoa Phat Ha Noi

Ajoku Darlington and Eric Harrison Muranda struck to send the traveling Nam Dinh on their way to their first ever victory at Ha Noi and left Hoa Phat Ha Noi languishing dangerously in the relegation zone.

Nam Dinh’s Eric Harrison Muranda celebrates after scoring against Hoa Phat Ha Noi

Ajoku opened the scoring two minutes after the interval, finishing off a superb move and Eric, who replaced Darlington, slotted home to seal the win.

The game started at a tame pace, with the host side producing an enigmatically frustrated display after taking a training trip in China’s Kunming and Nam Dinh playing defensively with five midfielders and only Ajoku in front.

The striker looked faded in the first half but shone just two minutes into the second period when he put Nam Dinh in front with a magnificent goal.

Trong Loc chipped a through ball that dropped nicely into the path of Darlington, who timed his run superbly to leave the Hoa Phat Ha Noi defense duo – Alphonse and Tien Dung – behind moving past goalie Manh Dung to net in.

After breaking the deadlock, the visitors camped on their field to secure the lead as the host side pressed for the equalizer.

Hoa Phat Ha Noi’s boss Vuong Tien Dung looked rattled as he replaced center defender Alphonse with attacking midfielder Antonio Paldiha in the 83rd minute.

But the tactic proved to be a great mistake as Nam Dinh’s Eric doubled the lead one minute later with a crisp finish in a one-on-one with keeper Manh Dung after playing out a superb run that bamboozled the home team’s defense.

Hoa Phat Ha Noi: Manh Dung, Tien Dung, Williams, Cong Manh, Dinh Quy, Alphonse (Antonio Paldiha 83’), Hong Viet (Anh Cuong 67’), Hong Nam, Van Hien, Xuan Thanh (Nhu Thuan 83’), Jucelio

Nam Dinh: Quang Huy, Emmanuel Ejike, Ngoc Lung (Manh Tu 84’), Trong Loc, Van Duyet, Van Nhien (Van Toan 87’), The Hieu, Quoc Tuan, Xuan Phu, Darlinton (Harrison 79’), Alain

The V-League Petro Viet Nam Gas 2007 Table:
 

TeamPWDLPts
1BECAMEX BINH DUONG 16 123139
2DA NANG 16 75426
3PISICO BINH DINH 16 74525
4HALIDA THANH HOA 16 67 3 25
5DONG TAM LONG AN 16 65523
6HOANG ANH GIA LAI 16 64622
7NAM DINH 16 56521
8KHATOCO KHANH HOA 16 63721
9SOUTHERN STEEL SAIGON PORT 16 55620
10SONG LAM NGHE AN 16 47519
11HA NOI ACB 16 44816
12DONG THAP 16 37616
13HOA PHAT HA NOI 16 36715
14HUDA HUE 16 26812

By Hoang Uy

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