Win lifts DTLA out of relegation zone

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A 4-1 home win at Long An Stadium over visitors Hanoi ACB  lifted V-League 2005-06 champs Dong Tam Long An (DTLA) out of the relegation zone on Sunday.

The Mekong Delta squad with 27 points jumped two places up to 11th out of 14 teams in Vietnam's top-tier V-League, placing them at least temporarily out of the relegation zone. As a rule, the two last place teams are relegated to the second-tier First Division each year.

Hanoi ACB, with 25 points, are now at the bottom, only one point adrift of 12th place Hoa Phat Hanoi -- who lost 2-4 at home to the 2009 champs Da Nang -- and 13th-placed Khanh Hoa, who beat sixth place Dong Thap 4-1 at Nha Trang Stadium.

Next week in the league's penultimate round, DTLA will take on visitors Hoa Phat Hanoi, who are also struggling to avoid relegation.

Hai Phong took a golden 1-0 away win over hosts Binh Duong at Go Dau Stadium to remain in the 10th position with 29 points, safe from the relegation zone.

However, pundits think the referees in the game against Binh Duong and in the previous game against Hoa Phat Hanoi were in favor of visitors Hai Phong and ignored several of their fouls.

In other action, reigning champs Hanoi T&T came back from two goals down to beat Navibank Saigon 4-2 at Thong Nhat Stadium on Saturday.

With league leaders Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) losing 1-3 to hosts Ninh Binh, the defending champs with 42 points are now just three points adrift of SLNA but still have a game in hand. SLNA will have two more games to play while Hanoi T&T have three.

The home loss to the reigning champs pushed Navibank Saigon, with 30 points, one place down to ninth.

Thanh Hoa moved one place up to fifth with 34 points while the 2003-04 champs Hoang Anh Gia Lai slid one position to eighth with 32 points.

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