V-League Champs Da Nang booked a second round berth in Asia's second-tier 2013 AFC Cup on Tuesday by beating Maldivian club Maziy 3-1 at Chi Lang Stadium in Da Nang City.
Da Nang only needed a draw to advance but they played well enough to win, with Argentine striker Gaston Merlo scoring a hat trick.
Despite the win, Da Nang remains in second place in Group G because Malaysian club Kelantan beat Ayeyawady of Myanmar 3-1 to top the group with 13 points, one ahead of Da Nang.
Next for Da Nang will be a tough away match against Indonesian club Semen Padang in the second round on May 14 when the clubs will battle for a place in the quarterfinals.
Vietnam's other representative Xuan Thanh Saigon (XTSG) bowed out after losing 4-1 on the road to East Bengal of India in Group H.