Hanoi T&T, which had already booked a place in the Under-21 National Football Championship semifinals, defeated SHB Da Nang 3-1 Tuesday putting paid to allegations they would tank the match to give Da Nang a ticket to the semis.
At the District 8 Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, they opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Duy Thanh.
A dominant Hanoi scored two more goals through Duc Huy and Van Hiep in the 75th and 82nd minutes.
Da Nang midfielder Duc Le scored a consolation goal in extra time.
In the other Group B match, Binh Dinh beat Sanatech Khanh Hoa 1-0 through a penalty kick by captain Van Trien in the 73rd minute to secure the other ticket to the semifinals.
The two semifinals will be played at HCMC’s Thong Nhat Stadium. Binh Dinh will play An Giang on October 29 and Hanoi T&T will play Ho Chi Minh City the next day.
Hanoi’s Duy Thanh and An Giang’s Tan Tai are the top scorers along with Vo Ly of the eliminated Thua Thien Hue with three goals each.
Hanoi and An Giang share top spot in the fair play awards at the 19th annual championships organized by Thanh Nien Newspaper.