Navibank Saigon suffered a 1-4 home loss to Nam Dinh Tuesday, putting HCMC's sole V-League team in serious danger of being relegated to the second-tier league First Division.
The 16th round loss at HCMC's Thong Nhat Stadium came after more than three weeks off because of the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, and pushed Navibank to the bottom of the pile with 11 points.
But Nam Dinh are in no better condition, languishing above Navibank Saigon with the same number of points. The two squads are seven points adrift of the 12th-placed club Dong Tam Long An (DTLA) and will both be relegated if nothing improves soon.
League leader and 2007-08 champions Binh Duong were held to a 1-1 home tie by 2003-04 champs Hoang Anh Gia Lai at Go Dau Stadium.
Binh Duong's 32 points have put it only one point clear of Hanoi T&T, who remained in second place after coming back from behind to beat 2005-06 champs DTLA 4-1 at Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium.
Reigning champs Da Nang slid one spot to fourth after a 1-4 away defeat to Khanh Hoa at Nha Trang Stadium. Khanh Hoa climbed one place to seventh.
In other action, Dong Thap earned a 3-0 away victory over wealthy club Ninh Binh at Ninh Binh Stadium, moving up one spot to third with the same 28 points as defending champs Da Nang. Ninh Binh slid one spot to sixth.
Hai Phong Cement beat the 2001 champs Nghe An 3-2 at Lach Tray Stadium while Thanh Hoa defeated Hoa Phat Hanoi 2-1 at Thanh Hoa Stadium.
Hai Phong are in fifth place, Nghe An in 10th, Thanh Hoa in eighth and Hoa Phat in ninth.