Hai Phong defeats Viettel 1-0.

To defend its championship, Viettel excitedly started the opening match with Hai Phong even though the club was without the services of midfielders Tien Dung and Ngoc Hai.

Meanwhile, Hai Phong took the initiative in the match. The team played simply but effectively, using long ball passing, which made Viettel’s players confused in the opening minutes.

In the 16th minute, after a mistake from the home team’s player, striker Diego Fagan put a shot on the mark, but goalkeeper Nguyen Manh stopped it for Viettel. However, the ball popped out to midfielder Phu Nguyen’s position, and he did not miss the chance to score the first goal of the match.

Entering the second half of the match, Viettel changed tactics with more balls on both sides while continuously putting pressure on Hai Phong’s goalee.

In the 63rd minute, midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc tried to pass three Hai Phong players and kicked the ball to Pedro Paulo in the 5m50 area. However, Pedro Paulo could not defeat Hai Phong’s goalkeeper Van Toan.

Although Viettel mobilized all of its strength in the final minutes, the team failed to score any goals to even the match. Viettel had to accept the final loss 0-1 against Hai Phong.

Translated by Mai Huong