Hoang Anh Gia Lai could not escape its bottom place after being defeated by host Quang Ninh in a V.League match Wednesday that also raised money to help flood victims in the northern province.
Coach Guillaume Graechen said after the match that his players lost their confidence.
“They used to make decisive passes and shots on target easily. Now, it takes more time for them to think about what they should do,” he said.
Graechen fielded strong players in the match, which had been delayed for three days due to torrential rains in northern provinces. His team had to wait for several days in Hai Phong.
Quang Ninh took the lead in the 17th minute with a narrow-corner shot by Vu Minh Tuan.
Aiming for at least a draw to secure one point, Hoang Anh Gia Lai organized counter-attacks but a penalty for Quang Ninh in the 60th minute, after goalkeeper Van Tien brought down Quang Hai, dimmed their hope.
Van Tien also got a red card for his fault. Van Toan was sent off to leave a spot for goalkeeper Minh Nhut to relace Tien.
Quang Ninh's Vu Minh Tuan, however, failed to make a double after his penalty kick was blocked by Minh Nhut.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai players face higher relegation threats after losing to Quang Ninh on August 5, 2015.
It was Mac Hong Quan who made a double to make a final 3-0 win for Quang Ninh with two goals in the 86th minute and extra time.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai now stays at the bottom with 13 points, after Dong Nai with one point ahead. Quang Ninh advanced from 8th to 7th place with 30 points.
Earlier at Cam Pha Stadium, Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and V.League organizer Vietnam Professional Football donated VND110 million (US$5,000) to flood victims in Quang Ninh. Donations were also raised at the stadium.
Torrential rains have triggered flooding and landslides, killing 17 people in Quang Ninh and 10 others in other northern provinces since July 26.