Navibank Saigon emphatically trounced V-League champions Song Lam Nghe An 3-0 to win the National Cup in an attractive match at Thong Nhat stadium yesterday.
This is the first title for Ho Chi Minh City’s team since Saigon Port won the V-League nine years ago.
Both Song Lam Nghe An and Navibank Saigon were eager to lift the National Cup at Thong Nhat stadium on Saturday.
Song Lam, who won the V-League for the second time last week wanted to claim the second title this season while Navibank, who rank 8th in the V-League had a great desire to secure the first trophy in their history.
Hosts Navibank started the game with a series of attacks and finally went ahead in the 37th minute with the opening goal from Quang Hai. In a quick attack, Francois Endene sent the ball across a line of defenders into path of Quang Hai who calmly controlled it before fired into the net.
Five minutes later, Quang Huong doubled the score with his long-range powerful strike.
After the break, Song Lam pushed in to come back from two down. Substitute Nhu Thuat had a chance to score but his shot hit the post in the 51st minute.
Two minutes later, it was Quang Huong who scored his second goal to make it 3-0.
Fagan missed a gold chance to narrow the gap for Song Lam when he fired over the crossbar from close range in the 65th minute. Substitute Van Quyen’s strike hit the crossbar in injury time.
After the match, Song Lam’s manager Huu Thang congratulated Navibank with a victory, saying that they played well and deserved to win the Cup.
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