A 1-4 away defeat at the hands of 2003-04 champs Hoang Anh Gia Lai at Pleiku Stadium in V-League final round spoilt Hanoi T&T's championship celebrations for the 2010 season.
With four points clear of second-placed Hai Phong Cement after the penultimate round last week, the final match result was academic for the capital city based team. That might have been why the champions weren't at their best.
Hai Phong Cement finished second with 45 points after a 2-1 home win at Lach Tray Stadium over the 2007-08 champions Binh Duong, who got the eighth spot.
Dong Thap, who were not considered a big team and were at the beginning of the season predicted to struggle to avoid relegation to the second-tier First Division, came in third with one point less than Hai Phong.
Khanh Hoa earned the fifth position with 43 points while 2005-06 champs Dong Tam Long An finished sixth and defending champs Da Nang came in seventh. The V-League championship has 14 teams from around the nation.