Hanoi T&T secures U21 National Football Championships title

By Quang Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Van Thanh scored the second goal for Hanoi T&T with a header. Van Thanh scored the second goal for Hanoi T&T with a header.

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Van Thanh’s double helped Hanoi T&T defeated An Giang 2-1 at the final of the Under-21 National Football Championship at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium on Sunday.
Hanoi, last year’s runner-up of the annual tournament held by Thanh Nien Newspaper, took an early lead in the 3rd minute after Van Thanh got a pass from Van Hiep at a clear position and defeated An Giang’s goalkeeper Ngoc Tuan.
An Giang, who came through to the final with all-win streak, rushed to attack but gradually focused on defending against Hanoi’s fast strikers.
In the 35th minute, Van Thanh scored the second goal for Hanoi with a header, after moving to the right spot to get a corner kick. This was also Thanh’s 7th goal at the championships.
An Giang faced more difficulties in the second half after Lam Quy got a yellow card for hitting Van Thanh and was sent off in the 52nd minute.
However, Thanh Thao had a good header to shorten the scores for An Giang in the 59th minute but it was also the match’s final goal.
Hanoi T&T won the title that it missed last year when being defeated 0-1 by Song Lam Nghe An.
An Giang won the runner-up title while Ho Chi Minh City and Gia Lai shared third place.
Van Thanh was chosen as the best player at the championships.
Ho Chi Minh City won the fair play award.

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