SLNA still on top of V-League after tie

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Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) still lead the top-flight V-League after a 2-2 away draw with Hanoi T&T at Hang Day Stadium in round 4 on Sunday.

The match between the 2010 champs Hanoi T&T and the 2011 champs SLNA was, as expected, exciting from beginning to end.

The visitors took the lead after eight minutes when Trong Hoang's powerful shot was unstoppable for Hanoi goalkeeper Ngoc Tu.

The visitors held onto their lead well into the second half, but relentless attacks from Hanoi eventually broke the SNLA defense and Argentine striker Gonzalo Damian Marronkle struck twice in the 67th and 79th minutes to put the home team in front.

It looked like Hanoi would take it, but Trinidadian player Hector Kevin scored a leveler for the visitors just two minutes before full time.

After the draw, SLNA remained in first place with 10 points and Hanoi T&T stayed in the fourth spot with seven points.

Down south, homefield advantage did not work out for Dong Nai, who were inferior to visitors Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL).

HAGL launched relentless and dangerous attacks and took the lead with a goal by Brazilian striker Evaldo Rodrigues midway through the first half and another goal by Nigerian striker Ganiyu Oseni two minutes after the break.

Dong Nai's efforts were rewarded minutes from full time by Cameroonian Vietnamese center back Le Hoang Phat Thierry, whose double pulled one point back for the hosts.

Thanh Hoa are in second place with eight points, while reigning champs SHB Da Nang are in third with seven points. However, the champions have played only three games.

The 2007-08 champs Becamex Binh Duong and Kien Long Kien Giang are at the bottom with zero points.

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