Hoang Anh Gia Lai have escaped relegation from the V-League with a draw against Dong Tam Long An Sunday, while Dong Nai still have a sword hanging over them despite a 1-0 win over Khanh Hoa.
Despite the absence of two foreign players, Franklin Anzite and Sanogo Moussa, due to injury and suspension, host HAGL’S 0-0 draw with Dong Tam Long An was considered a success.
Dong Tam Long An, who are safe from relegation, did not field key defenders Chi Cong, Quang Thanh and Nhat Tan.
This allowed HAGL’s young players to pile the pressure on Dong Tam Long An’s goalkeeper Quoc Cuong.
The second half heated up at the Pleiku stadium after a boring first half when Hoang Thien hit the crossbar.
Subsequent attacks did not result in a goal though strikers Cong Phuong and Van Toan both had chances.
After the match, Dong Tam Long An coach Ngo Quang Sang said his team had chosen a defensive strategy because of the lack of strong players.
A draw was enough for HAGL after they suffered a series of losses but came roaring back with three straight wins after French coach Guillaume Graechen was fired.
Meanwhile, with only one more round to play, Dong Nai are at the bottom with 21 points below Dong Thap and Can Tho, each with 24 points.
Becamex Binh Duong, which had secured the title with two rounds to spare, lost 1-3 to Quang Nam in the 25th round. They have 49 points.
The race for the second place is between Hanoi T&T and Thanh Hoa, both of whom have 43 points, and Hai Phong (40).
The 2015 V-League’s last round kicks off Sunday, September 20.