Violence erupts as V.League enters heated stage

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Quang Ninh's Minh Tung received a red card for bringing down Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Hoang Thien at a V.League match on January 31. Photo: Thanh Nien Quang Ninh's Minh Tung received a red card for bringing down Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Hoang Thien at a V.League match on January 31. Photo: Thanh Nien

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Referees handed out five red cards over the weekend as Vietnam's national football competition V.League almost reached its half-way point
Hai Phong dropped from second to third place after losing two goals on Sunday to host Da Nang, who earned their first win after six rounds and escaped the dangerous bottom two. 
In the first half, Hai Phong had critical attacks and it could have taken the lead if Jamaican striker Anthony Stevens had better luck with his shot in the 15th minute.
But in the second half, the host team pushed pressure on Hai Phong’s goal.
Spanish striker Candelario Gomez scored a goal in the 49th minute from a good right-side pass.
Vu Phong then scored the second one for Da Nang with a free kick in the 66th minute.
This goal prompted two female fans to light fireworks on the stadium. They will be fined for the violation. 
In the 90th minute, Gomez received a red card after a fault against Van Nhien, who was not with the ball at the time. 
Meanwhile, third-place Binh Duong advanced to top position with a 3-1 win over host Can Tho, after sending the newly-contracted Cong Vinh, Vietnam’s number 1 striker, to the field for the first time.
The first two goals were scored by its two foreign players, Senegalese Abass Dieng in the 30th minute and Nigerian Oseni Bolaji in the 32 the minute, thanks to strong attacks and good coordination.
The third goal was scored by Cong Vinh in the 87th minute, which the striker said would be a gift for his two-year-old daughter.
In the 90th minute, Van Quy scored the only goal for Can Tho.
Binh Duong advanced to first place with 15 points after six rounds, while Can Tho dropped to the bottom with only two points.
The sixth round saw five red cards, while there were only two red cards in the first fiverounds.
The five red cards were issued against Gomez of Da Nang, Hoang Vissai and Ngoc Nguyen of Quang Nam, Hoang Vu Samson of Hanoi T&T, and Minh Tung of Quang Ninh.
Earlier at a ceremony to award the 2014 Fair Play title to U19 Vietnam, Le Hung Dung, chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation, said he was glad because V.League was “pretty clean” after five rounds without “no sign of violence.” 

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