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:
|1||BECAMEX BINH DUONG||15||11||3||1||36|
|3||HALIDA THANH HOA||15||6||7||2||25|
|4||PISICO BINH DINH||15||6||4||5||22|
|5||DONG TAM LONG AN||15||6||4||5||22|
|6||HOANG ANH GIA LAI||15||6||3||6||21|
|7||SOUTHERN STEEL SAIGON PORT||15||5||4||6||19|
|8||SONG LAM NGHE AN||15||4||6||5||18|
|10||KHATOCO KHANH HOA||15||5||3||7||18|
|11||HA NOI ACB||15||4||4||7||16|
|12||HOA PHAT HA NOI||15||3||6||6||15|