5 talking points from the V.League 1 this weekend
Stormy conditions, three players tied for the golden boot and four teams in the race to win the league with one game left
With Ryan Giggs taking up his position at PVF academy stealing a lot of the headlines when it comes to Vietnamese football at the minute, let’s have a look at the five main talking points from this weekend’s games.
This weekend saw the penultimate set of fixtures in the V.League 1 -- which is the top league in Vietnam. It began with the possibility of five teams still winning the league and with everything sorted at the opposite end of the table, the focus was well and truly on the five chasing the title. With four out of the five teams meeting each other, it was sure to be a blockbuster set of games.
#5 Dismal Long An
It has been an arduous slog for Long An this season and their relegation was confirmed last month. So you’d think maybe they would play the season out with a bit of freedom now that they don't have any pressure on their backs. That was the case in the last set of fixtures before the international break as they only lost to two late goals away at Song Lam Nghe An-- a serious improvement to what had been happening and maybe a sign of things to come?
Their last away game of the season was at Go Dau stadium as they faced Becamex Binh Duong in what was a contest with nothing riding on it for both sides, apart from pride. The pitch wasn’t in the best condition as it had been battered by several hours of constant rain (more to come on that) so the game struggled to flow and Long An could have taken the lead early on but as the ball was struck past the goalkeeper, it got stuck in the mud and the keeper managed to retrieve it.
Long An gave a good account of themselves in the first half but they were undone just before half-time when Becamex finally breached their defensive line and that it was pretty much an uphill struggle from there.
At times, it seemed like Becamex had an extra player on the pitch because of the sheer number of players that were coming forward and it was only a matter of time before they doubled their lead, then tripled it then made it four. 4-0 to Becamex.
There were times when there were four Becamex attackers against three Long An defenders and if the pitch was in a better condition, it could have been a whole lot worse for Long An. Then, to compound their misery, they were reduced to ten men after a reckless tackle, made even worse by the conditions, was rightly punished with about ten minutes to spare.
Just to show how dominant Becamex were in the second half, they had seven corners to Long An’s two and countless more efforts on goal and this is a Becamex side who have the second-worst home record in the league. After watching the match, it was easy to see why Long An will be playing outside the V League next year.
Long An will be hoping to finish the season with a bit more credibility as they entertain Can Tho at home next week whilst Becamex travel to Khanh Hoa.