Hoang Anh Gia Lai Deny Southern Steel – Sai Gon Port

Hoang Anh Gia Lai denied Southern Steel – Sai Gon Port three points as both sides canceled each other out with a 2 – 2 draw at Ho Chi Minh City’s 7th Military Zone Stadium on Saturday.

Southern Steel – Sai Gon Port’s skipper Nguyen Chuong in action

The host side looked comfortable leading 2 – 0 at the half with Elenildo netting in a side-footed finish and Dis Santos adding the second from close range.

But Thonglao’s brilliant free-kick and Quintallha’s crisp finish from a goal-rebound canceled out the southerners’ joy.

Southern Steel - Sai Gon Port looked the livelier side in the opening exchange and they took the lead just four minutes after the kick-off when Elenildo delicately collected a Tuan Linh long ball and held off a Hoang Anh Gia Lai defender before netting in the far post.

The home team then dominated the game and it was little surprise when they doubled their lead in the 18th minute.

Brazilian striker Santos rose highest from inside the visitors’ area to head home from a Ngu Chi Thang corner.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai, however, gradually recovered their composure as Southern Steel – Sai Gon Port slowed down their pace after opening the scoring.

The visitors reduced the deficit in the 31st minute when Thailand’s midfielder Thonglao blasted in a free kick that deflected off the wall into the net.

Their comeback was completed six minutes into the second half when goalkeeper Cong Vuong parried an A Huynh crisp finish and the rebound found the feet of Quintallha, who made no mistake in tipping home at the near post.

Southeast Steel – Sai Gon Port: Hoang Cong Vuong, Minh Chuyen, Minh Thong, A Vy, Elenildo, Tuan Linh, Ngu Chi Thang, Da Silva, Nguyen Quang, Dis Santos , Nguyen Chuong

Hoang Anh Gia Lai: Ngoc Tu, Gia Hoang, Duy Quang, Thonglao, Tran Duy Quang, A Huynh, Viet Anh, Minh Nghia, Minh Thien, Agostinho, Quintanllha

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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