Controversial penalty ends Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s losing streak at V-League

By Minh Tran, Thanh Nien News

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Controversial penalty ends Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s losing streak at V-League


A 1-0 win over Da Nang at the V-League’s fifth round match Sunday helped Hoang Anh Gia Lai secure its first win after the Arsenal-supported academy students lost three consecutive matches.
In the second half, referee Tran Dinh Thinh granted host Hoang Anh Gia Lai a penalty after deciding that its famed striker Cong Phuong was brought down by goalkeeper Van Hung.
Montenegro midfielder Zdravko Dragicevic did not miss the chance with the penalty and securing Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s close win.
After the match, Da Nang coach Le Huynh Duc said the penalty was a product of “imagination.”
“I saw that it was not a fault by goalkeeper Van Hung. He also told me he did not even touch Cong Phuong’s foot,” Duc said.
“Things could have been different if there hadn’t been the penalty,” he said.
However, Hoang Anh Gia Lai coach Guillaume Graechen said the referee was favoring Da Nang.
They had dangerous blocks but the referee did not give yellow card and in similar cases abroad, Van Hung should have been sent off, he said.
After five rounds, Hoang Anh Gia Lai ranked eighth with six points, while Da Nang remained at the bottom with only one point.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai players pose for a picture before hosting their V-League's fifth round match against Da Nang on January 25. Famed striker Cong Phuong was sent to the field at the beginning of the match. Photos: Minh Tran
Jean Marc Guillou, founder of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Arsenal JMG Academy, talks to the club's executives before the match.
Guillou and Hoang Anh Gia Lai Coach Guillaume Graechen on the bench to follow the match.
Cong Phuong (L) passes Da Nang defenders but failing to score a goal.
He had good performance after staying on the bench at the previous round.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Thanh Tung (L) passes Da Nang's Huy Toan to have sharp attacks on the right wing.
Tuan Anh (2, L) had good coordination with other players and played a key role in organizing Hoang Anh Gia Lai's attacks.
In this moment, referee Tran Dinh Thinh decided that Van Hung brought down Cong Phuong and awarding Hoang Anh Gia Lai a penalty.
Zdravko celebrates after scoring for Hoang Anh Gia Lai with a penalty.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai fans celebrate first win after three matches.
Hoang Thien (R) vies for the ball with Nguyen Sa. Hoang Thien has been an active player with good technique.


Hoang Thien Anh almost scored for Hoang Anh Gia Lai but his long range shot hit the bar.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai's midfielder Duc Luong having some snack after the match.
The young players 
Hoang Anh Gia Lai's president Doan Nguyen Duc arrived at the changing room to celebrate the victory with his players. "I was happy with your performance. It was not easy for young players like you who possessed the ball for most of the time against elder players," he said.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai players celebrate their victory with the club's fans.
The players soak in a special pool after the match.

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