Darlington Rescues Nam Dinh

A low finish outside the box by Ajoku Obinna Darlington ensured that Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s winless run at Thien Truong Stadium continued, and gave Nam Dinh a lucky draw.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai's men celebrate after scoring the equalizer

The host side struggled at first but scored the opening goal in the seventh minute when the visitors kept their attention on strikers Eric and Darlington, allowing Van Duyet to turn in the box and head a free kick from Trong Loc into the net.

The early goal should have lifted Nam Dinh but they were stunned into silence three minutes later when their goalkeeper, Quang Huy, made an uncharacteristic error.

The Vietnamese national goalie failed to hold onto a long cross from the right wing and Hoang Anh Gia Lai striker A Huynh was there to punish the transgression and score the equalizer.

The visitors went in front in the 36th minute when striker Agostino Filho delicately lobbed a ball from Quang Huy.

In the second half, Nam Dinh made a double substitution in midfield by swapping Van Hieu for Manh Tu and Xuan Phu for Danh Ngoc.

The young wingers piled the pressure on Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s defense with fine crosses from the flanks, enabling the home team’s front line to try their luck from outside the box.

Nam Dinh eventually grabbed the lifeline in the 76th minute when Darlington thundered in a powerful long shot that struck goalkeeper Ngoc Tu before sailing into the net.

Nam Dinh: Quang Huy, Thanh Tung, Ngoc Lung, Trong Loc, Van Hieu, Van Duyet, Xuan Phu, Duc Duong, Harrison Eric Muranda, Ajoku Obinna Darlington, Njoh Njoh Mpondo Alain

Hoang Anh Gia Lai: Ngoc Tu, Trinh Duy Quang, Tran Duy Quang, A Huynh, Viet Anh, Dusit, Minh Nghia, Van Kiet, Tang Tuan, Agostinho Filho, Eduardo Barboza 

The V-League Petro Viet Nam Gas 2007 Table:

2DA NANG 15 75326
3HALIDA THANH HOA 15 67 2 25
5DONG TAM LONG AN 15 64522
8SONG LAM NGHE AN 15 46518
9NAM DINH 15 46518
11HA NOI ACB 15 44716
12HOA PHAT HA NOI 15 36615
13DONG THAP 15 36615
14HUDA HUE 15 25811

By Hoang Uy

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