Binh Duong slides into first place

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Binh Duong was in first place after earning a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Nam Dinh at Go Dau Stadium in the second game of the season on Sunday.

The second consecutive win after a 6-2 away victory over Thanh Hoa in the first round the week before secured put the 2007-08 V-League champs in the lead of their division.

Brazilian Vietnamese striker Huynh Kesley scored the opener for Binh Duong near the end of the first half but Gaspard equalized the score for Nam Dinh shortly afterwards.

Binh Duong, who made their way to the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation Cup last year, launched a series of relentless attacks that paid off when midfielder Vu Phong made it 2-1 midway through the second half.

Heavyweights Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) suffered a 1-2 home loss in Pleiku to Hoa Phat Hanoi the same day, their second sorry performance in as many weeks after a 2-4 away defeat to Khanh Hoa in Nha Trang in the first round.

Khanh Hoa lost this week 1-5 to Hanoi T&T in Hanoi on Sunday. After the big victory, Hanoi T&T players were rewarded VND600 million.

Dong Tam Long An’s first half goal by Tshamala didn’t earn the Mekong Delta team a win as visitors Song Lam Nghe An equalized the score midway through the second half.

In Ho Chi Minh City, home team Navibank Saigon and visitors Ninh Binh played poorly at Thong Nhat Stadium, with Ninh Binh eventually beating the home team 2-1.

Source: Thanh Nien

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