Tien Linh Helps Binh Duong Win 2023 V-League Opener
ngheanTien Linh’s first goal in the 3rd minute helped Binh Duong defeat host SLNA 2-0, thus earning their first win in the 2023 V-League.
In the Vinh field this afternoon on July 29, Tien Linh confidently dribbled the ball from the left wing, and then fired a long shot, sending the ball and hitting the left corner, without giving goalkeeper Van Viet a chance to save. This is the 1997-born striker’s second goal in 16 appearances in the 2023 V-League.
The early goal helped Binh Duong to actively withdraw to defend the score and stalk the counterattack. This way of playing gave the visitors good chances, but Rimario and Bui Vi Hao failed to win the SLNA’s crossbar and goalkeeper respectively. In defense, meanwhile, goalkeeper Tran Minh Toan played safe discouraging home strikers consecutively, especially the two phases he faced Dinh Xuan Tien in the second half.
The tug of war lasted until the 85th minute, Binh Duong ended the match. From right center, substitute player Nguyen Thanh Loc stopped the ball cleanly, took a first step with his chest, and then volleyed the left side to break a tight angle to hit the roof of the SLNA net, setting the score 2-0 for guest.
This is Binh Duong’s first victory in the V-League this season, after eight draws and seven losses. The team currently has 11 points from 16 matches, the same as Da Nang and the Ho Chi Minh City club, but ranks 12th due to better goal difference (-7) compared to Da Nang’s -9 and -12 from Ho Chi Minh City.
The phase II relegation group has two more games left. A relegation spot is just a battle between Binh Duong, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Binh Duong, in turn, faced Khanh Hoa (at home) and Ho Chi Minh City Club (away). Da Nang meets SLNA (at home) and Khanh Hoa (away). Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City Club will face HAGL away from home in the next leg.
SLNA: Van Viet, Que Ngoc Hai, Pham Xuan Manh, Vytas Gaspuitis, Mai Sy Hoang, Tran Manh Quynh, Trong Hoang, Tran Nam Hai, Dinh Xuan Tien, Ngo Van Luong, Michael Olaha
Binh Duong: Tran Minh Toan, Thanh Long, Doan Tuan Canh, Le Quang Hung, Coelho Vinicius, Nguyen Tran Viet Cuong, Nicholas Olsen, Vo Hoang Minh Khoa, Tran Trung Hieu, Rimario, Tien Linh