Mohammed Abdul Basit of Sông Lam Nghệ An (left) runs away from Becamex Bình Dương captain Tô Văn Vũ throughout their V.League 1 match on Friday. Basit scored the one purpose of the match and the primary purpose of the season. Photograph courtesy of VPF
BÌNH DƯƠNG — The opening match of the 2022 V.League noticed Sông Lam Nghệ An (SLNA) triumph and safe the primary three factors of the season with a 1-0 win towards Becamex Bình Dương on Friday.
The one purpose got here from Mohammad Abdul Basit within the 57th minute, which helped Nghệ An prolong their unbeaten run towards Bình Dương to 14 consecutive matches, with 10 wins and 4 attracts.
After final season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 V.League nonetheless hasn’t fairly left the difficulties behind. The match between Hà Nội and Thanh Hóa needed to be postponed as a consequence of COVID impacting the variety of gamers obtainable.
Fortuitously, the opposite three matches had been in a position to go forward. The opening match noticed Nghệ An in search of a contemporary begin after a fortunate escape from relegation final season.
Despite the fact that they had been taking part in at Bình Dương’s Gò Đậu Stadium, SLNA’s supporters nonetheless dominated the gang with a wall of yellow overlaying the stands, regardless of being 1,434km from dwelling.
With the fan’s assist, a brand new teaching board and beneficial head–to–head stats, three factors had been on the forefront of Nghệ An’s gamers as they pressed laborious from the off.
With their 3-5-2 formation, SLNA had been in a position to dominate the wings with their two highly effective wing-backs Phạm Xuân Mạnh and Trần Đình Hoàng. Most of their probabilities resulted from build-up play from the perimeters.
One of many first probabilities got here on the 4th minute, beginning on the left wing earlier than switching the ball to the precise for Phan Văn Đức, who then delivered a wonderful by way of ball for Michael Olaha, however the Nigerian’s poor first contact let the possibility go broad.
Regardless of fixed strain from the guests, Bình Dương sat again and defended solidly, ready for counter-attacks.
It was the house facet who had the primary harmful try of the sport when, after 17 minutes, Nguyễn Anh Tài crossed to the far publish and located the pinnacle of Eydison Teofilo Soares, however the Brazilian didn’t hit the centre of the ball.
That was Bình Dương’s greatest probability within the first half as Nghệ An regained management and continued creating extra scoring alternatives, by way of the flexibleness of Phan Văn Đức and the ability of the international pair Olaha and Basit.
Nghệ An’s second and third probabilities got here inside two minutes of one another. Đức, after an effort to maintain the ball inside Bình Dương’s field, laid it again to Mark O’Ojong whose long-range effort within the thirtieth minute ended up broad.
Two minutes later, after a fantastic lengthy ball turned defence into assault, wing–again Đình Hoàng obtained the ball and fed Olaha with an correct low cross. It could have been a purpose for the Nigerian if it hadn’t been for Bình Dương’s defender Nguyễn Thanh Lengthy good block that created one other probability for Basit on the rebound, however the Ghanaian’s try didn’t hit the goal.
It’s protected to say that Bình Dương’s strong defence helped them undergo the primary half with a clear sheet, however one lack of focus within the second half was sufficient for them to pay the value.
After two consecutive photographs from outdoors the field by Olaha, the ball deflected excessive up, sufficient to catch all the eye of Bình Dương’s defence and goalkeeper Nguyễn Sơn Hải, who raised his head to search for the ball and utterly forgot the strategy of Basit.
With the ball in sight, it was too late for the goalkeeper to react because the Ghanaian was one step forward and netted the primary purpose of the season with a header.
Bình Dương tried to answer with three substitutions, however their gameplay was too easy for Nghệ An defence, who welcomed the return of former Việt Nam captain Quế Ngọc Hải. The rest of the match noticed Bình Dương desperately spammed with crosses, which had been simply turned away.
Bình Dương’s effort within the 90 minutes wasn’t sufficient to assist them escape one other disappointing outcome towards the Nghệ An facet.
This win wasn’t sufficient for SLNA to seize the highest spot of the desk, as Bùi Tiến Dũng and Geovane Magno scored in a 2-0 win towards Bình Định put Viettel on high.
On the identical time, customer Hải Phòng additionally shared the profitable pleasure with a 1-0 win at Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh Stadium. Rimario Gordon was the hero after scoring the one purpose of the match within the ninetieth minute.
The 2 remaining matches of the opening spherical will happen on Saturday, with Sài Gòn FC going through SHB Đà Nẵng and Nam Định assembly Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, who’re anticipated to deliver a brilliant match between the golf equipment with the 2 greatest fan bases within the league. VNS