V-League 2009 runners-up Binh Duong hammered Thanh Hoa 6-2 in the opener of the V-League 2010 season on Sunday.
Thanh Hoa was playing at home but looked far inferior to the 2007-2008 V-League champs.
Binh Duong, the 2008 V-League champions who made their way to AFC Cup semifinals last year and was ranked among Asiaââ‚¬â„¢s top 10 clubs by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS)ââ‚¬â„¢s ratings released late last month, looked strong on their road back to the top.
In Nha Trang, powerhouse Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) suffered a 2-4 away defeat to Khanh Hoa.
At Hanoiââ‚¬â„¢s Hang Day Stadium, T&T Hanoi beat their neighbors Hoa Phat Hanoi 2-1, although top striker Le Cong Vinh didnââ‚¬â„¢t score a goal as he had predicted.
In other action, Nam Dinh and Dong Thap fought to a 2-2 draw at Thien Truong Stadium while Song Lam Nghe An drew Navibank Saigon 1-1 at Vinh Stadium.
At Ninh Binh Stadium, the match between the hosts and V-League 2005-06 champs Dong Tam Long An ended in a scoreless draw.
In the opener of the second-tier First Division on Saturday, Tay Ninh beat TDC Binh Duong 2-1 while HCMC Club lost 1-2 to Tien Giang.
Binh Dinh, Can Tho and Quang Nam were held to scoreless draws by Dong Nai, An Giang and Huda Hue, respectively while Hanoi ACB drew 1-1 with Viettel.
Source: Thanh Nien