Hanoi FC lift their first trophy of the new season with a 2-0 victory over Binh Duong in the Vietnam Super Cup. Football Tribe Vietnam’s Tran Tien discusses the five major takeaways from this result.
Hanoi win easily with reserve players
Despite fielding mostly reserve players after their midweek exploits against Bangkok United, Hanoi FC still dominated the game. Ultimately, the defending champions sealed a 2-0 scoreline, with a brace from Hoang Vu Samson
The win Boosts Hanoi’s Confidence Ahead of Champions League Encounter
Their team selection suggests that Hanoi FC’s main focus was not on the result of the Super Cup, but rather on ensuring they are fit and ready for the AFC Champions League playoff match against Shandong Luneng. Coming out for the win and their first trophy of the season over the weekend will give them a much-needed confidence boost ahead of what will be a very difficult match.
Binh Duong Feel the Loss of Le Tan Tai
Becamex Binh Duong star Le Tan Tai sustained an achilles injury and was unable to play in the Super Cup. Ultimately, this came at a big cost to the visitors. The gap left by the veteran midfielder was not well covered well by Burkina Faso’s Ali Rabo. Coach Tran Minh Chien now will face a headache when trying to select his squad for the next few games without Le Tan Tai.
Binh Duong Miss Comeback Chances
In the last minutes of the first half, Binh Duong had a great chance to score an equalizer but winger Sy Giap managed to fire his shot over the crossbar of an open goal. If visitors managed to find the target, the match could have taken a totally different turn.
Fan Turnout Indicates Bright Season Ahead
A huge number of fans came to the stadium despite Hanoi FC fielding a second string squad. Even though most of the national team players were not fielded during this match, almost 20.000 supporters contributed to create a crazy atmosphere in the stadium. This is a promising sign that we can expect a bright season ahead for Vietnamese football.