Goalkeeper Buu Ngoc's great performance helped hosts Dong Thap draw 0-0 with title contenders Binh Duong on Sunday.
After Tan Truong, the nation's No.1 goalkeeper, moved to Navibank Saigon at the end of last season, Buu Ngoc became Dong Thap's No.1 choice and has fulfilled his task well.
The Under-23 national team custodian has made huge contributions to earning the Mekong Delta team a position in the middle of the top-flight Super League's 14-team table.
Ngoc made at least four extremely difficult saves that stopped great shots from the league's 2007-08 champions Binh Duong, namely big shooters like Tang Tuan, Udo Fortune, Anh Duc and Philani.
Visitors Binh Duong played better from the beginning with relentless attacks putting constant pressure on the hosts, who sold some of their best players at the end of last year.
Buu Ngoc was chosen the best player of the firecely contested match and the visitors' coach Dang Tran Chinh said, "The draw was a shame for us because we had lots of clear chances. Yet I must admit that goalie Buu Ngoc was excellent. Our players had several great shots but they were all stopped by Ngoc."
In other action, hosts Ninh Binh drew 2-2 with the 2010 champs Hanoi T&T while Hanoi FC and the 2009 champions Da Nang fought to a 3-3 tie at Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium.
In early matches on Saturday, Lach Tray Stadium hosts Hai Phong drew 2-2 with the defending champs Song Lam Nghe An; Kien Giang lost 2-3 at home to the 2003-04 champs Hoang Anh Gia Lai; Khanh Hoa drew Saigon FC at Khanh Hoa Stadium; and Navibank Saigon beat Thanh Hoa 2-0 at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium.
Hanoi T&T are leading the league with 14 points, followed by new promoters Saigon FC a point adrift and the 2009 champs Da Nang with 12 points.
New promoters Kien Giang are at the bottom with just four points, Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa are in the 12th and 13th positions respectively with six points each.