Playing the opening match of the new season at Thien Truong’s home ground, coach Vu Hong Viet of Nam Dinh gave the opportunity to start the game for rookies such as goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh, defender Nguyen Phong Hong Duy or midfielder Ho Khac Ngoc.
With the home field advantage, Nam Dinh pushed up the squad to put pressure on the HCM City club. In the 18th minute, receiving Hong Duy’s pass, Doan Thanh Truong hit a long shot with his left foot, causing goalkeeper Pham Huu Nghia on the HCMC side to punch the ball and take the corner.
Not after that, it was the visitors’ turn to respond with Daniel Green’s personal breakthrough. Fortunately for Nam Dinh, goalkeeper Nguyen Manh played focused to block the opponent’s chances. At the end of the first half, Thanh Truong had a series of “turbulent” balls for the away team, but the goalless draw still took place when the two teams entered the break in the middle of the match.
In the second half, it completely belonged to the home team Nam Dinh. Hendrio, Dominic, Mai Xuan Quyet in turn had the opportunity to put the home team ahead. However, on a day of poor grace and the excellence of goalkeeper Huu Nghia, the fans on Thien Truong Stadium did not have the opportunity to celebrate.
When the match went to the seconds of injury time, Hendrio’s kick brought the ball into the hand of Ho Chi Minh City defender Jonathan Campbell. Referee Hoang Ngoc Ha with a favorable viewing angle quickly gave the home team an 11m penalty. And it was Hendrio who successfully took the penalty, giving Nam Dinh a 1-0 victory in the opening match of the new season.
Nam Dinh: Tran Nguyen Manh, Duong Thanh Hao, Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, Nguyen Dinh Son, Hendrio Araujo Dasilva, Ho Khac Ngoc, Doan Thanh Truong, Nguyen Huu Tuan, Nguyen Ha Long, Ngo Hoang Thinh, Dominic Vinicius
HCMC: Pham Huu Nghia, Ngo Tung Quoc, Le Cao Hoai An, Jonny Campbell, Nguyen Vu Tin, Uong Ngoc Tien, Nguyen Minh Trung, Chu Van Kien, Green Daniel Michael, Guyenne Vincent Trong Tri, Hoang Vu Samson