Defending Champs Dong Tam Long An Held by Dong Thap

A late goal from goalkeeper Tan Truong earned visiting Dong Thap a valuable point with a 2 - 2 draw to defending champions Dong Tam Long An. 

Dong Thap's goalie Tan Truong celebrates with teammates after scoring the equalizer against Dong Tam Long An

Striker Tshamala struck twice to give the host side a comfortable 2 – 0 lead. But with sixteen minutes to go, Gnatenko Oleksandr’s long-range strike and keeper Tan Truong’s bizarre header denied the host side the three points. 

Dong Tam Long An came out strongly with Viet Thang firing a loose ball from inside the penalty area after a punch by keeper Tan Truong, only for Dong Thap defender Van Ngan to clear it off the line.

The host side took the lead in the 19th minute when Tshamala fired home with an angled shot from the left of Dong Thap’s area, finishing off a delicate one-two combination with Viet Thang.

The visitors almost took another two blows soon after, as Dong Tam Long An piled on pressure with Tshamala powering in a header that beat keeper Tan Truong but was cleared off the line by Van Pho, and Tuan Phong forcing a brilliant save from Tan Truong with a long-range strike.

The defending champions continued to dominate after the break and it was little surprise when they doubled the lead midway.

Tuan Phong and Viet Thang combined well from the right flank in the 53rd minute to find Tshamala, who cut inside the penalty area to whip home from close range.

But Dong Thap grabbed a lifeline in the 74th minute when Gnatenko blasted a powerful low-strike from 35 meters to beat a diving Tien Phong.

The visitors stunned the home team in the closing time with a bizarre goal from goalie Tan Truong.  The 1.87-meter stopper took part in Dong Thap’s last attacking spell and he glanced a header that deflected off his counterpart keeper Tien Phong into the back of the net.

Dong Tam Long An: Tien Phong, Van Giau, Viet Thang, Antonio Carlos, Tai Em, Tshamala, Minh Tri, Tuan Phong, Nhat Tien, Lam Huy, Martins.

Dong Thap: Tan Truong, Viet Cuong, Ochai Agbaji, Van Ngan, Phan Thanh Binh, Quy Suu, Van Pho, Duoc Em, Chau Phong Hoa, Gnatenko Oleksandr, Maxwell Eyerakpo.

The V-League Petro Viet Nam Gas 2007 Table:

2DA NANG 16 75426
4HALIDA THANH HOA 16 67 3 25
5DONG TAM LONG AN 16 65523
7NAM DINH 16 56521
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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