The match between Viettel FC and Hougang United takes place in rain.

With a small advantage of a better goal difference, Viettel FC needs only a draw from this match to go ahead. However, at a press briefing held a day before the match, Viettel FC coach assistant Dang Thanh Phuong said that Viettel FC wanted to walk away as the winner.

Though not being highly appreciated, Hougang United made a surprise while striker Pedro Bortoluzo scored the first goal after a penalty kick in the 15th minute.

In the 41st minute, Viettel FC levelled the score thanks to the accurate kick from the penalty spot of striker Pedro Paulo. Two minutes later, Viettel FC received another penalty after a Hougang United let the ball touch his hand in the penalty area and striker Pedro Paulo did not miss his chance to score his second goals.

A win over Hougang United secures Viettel FC's leading position in Group I.

The first half of the match ended in a tie after striker Pedro Bortoluzo of Hougang United had the second goals in the 45th minute plus 1.

Viettel FC entered the second half with high determination. In the 55th minute, midfielder Nguyen Duc Hoang Minh raised the score to 3-2. 15 minutes later, striker Geovane Magno made an impressive speed, leaving behind Hougang United defenders, to bring home the 4th goal for Viettel FC. In the 72nd minute, striker Geovane Magno completed a double, giving Viettel FC a 5-2 lead.

Though trying their best in the last minutes of the match, Hougang United failed to score more goals.

With three wins in a row, Viettel FC led Group I, entering the ASEAN zonal semi-final of AFC Cup 2022.

Viettel FC coach assistant Dang Thanh Phuong meets with the press after the match.

After the match with Hougang United, Viettel FC coach assistant Dang Thanh Phuong said to the press that the team wishes to go further at AFC Cup 2022. He spoke highly of the good performance of the team’s young players.

Attentively, in a recent press briefing, Phuong said that Viettel FC’s players  had better defense and attack skill performance against the previous friendly tournament the team took part in.

Hougang United’s coach Clement Teo showed his admiration for Viettel FC and said that his players exerted their all-out efforts.

Translated by Mai Huong