Da Nang win V-League title

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Da Nang won Vietnam's top-flight football league, the V-League, Sunday after beating Ninh Binh 3-1 and rival and stablemate Hanoi T&T drew scoreless away with another contender Saigon Xuan Thanh.

The title race went down to the wire as Da Nang finished with 48 points, Hanoi a point behind, and Saigon on 46.

It is their second championship win since the former A1 became the V-League in 2000. They had also won in 2009.

Saigon Xuan Thanh were a bit unlucky since they played at home and were the superior side most of the time, but ended up frittering away many scoring chances.

There have been murmurs for the last few years about dubious goings-on since Da Nang and Ha Noi are both owned by Do Quang Hien.

In other action, Dong Thap became the second club after Hai Phong to be demoted to the First Division.

The Mekong Delta side won 3-2 at home against Thanh Hoa, but Khanh Hoa, the third last team, also won their match --against 2011 champs Song Lam Nghe An -- to haul themselves to safety.

Da Nang won a cash prize of VND3 billion (US$143,000), second-placed Hanoi T&T got VND1.5 billion, and third-placed Saigon Xuan Thanh got VND750 million.

Timothy Anjembe, Nigerian striker of Hanoi FC, got VND20 million for being the top scorer of the season.

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