Petronilo proves bane of former club Gia Lai

Published: 04/04/2011 05:00



Agostinho Petronilo scored twice against his former club Hoang Anh Gia Lai to
ensure Khatoco Khanh Hoa a 2-1 victory in the V-League’s ninth round yesterday,
April 3, at Nha Trang Stadium.

Photo: Dan Tri

The victory for the
host team was a surprise win as their rivals are two-time champions who have
been enjoying a strong performance this season. But it proved the fact that
Khanh Hoa, despite not being a strong team, are always dangerous on home turf.

Just two minutes from
kick-off, national team member Le Tan Tai broke into Gia Lai’s box with the ball
before being downed by defender Benjamin Dzigba. The foul resulted in a penalty
shot for Khanh Hoa, which Petronilo duly converted into the match’s opening

Petronilo’s goal
inspired his team to step up the pressure on Gia Lai, with the home team
speeding up their play to deliver a barrage of attacks on goal.

They came close to
scoring again on several occasions, such as when Tai wasted his chance in a shot
straight on goal while Nguyen Ngoc Dieu’s header went wide by a hair.

Gia Lai launched
several counter-assaults but the Central Highland team’s forwards failed to beat
Khanh Hoa’s goalie Danh Hoang Tuan.

Khanh Hoa doubled
their score in the 72nd minute when Petronilo received an accurate pass from the
left wing thanks to midfielder Le Cong Quoc. The Brazilian produced a strong
header to the far corner of the goal, notching up his second goal of the season.

About 10 minutes
later, Tran Ngoc Bao narrowed the gap for the visitors with a close-range tap
that keeper Hoang Tuan had no chance to save.

Losing the match, Gia
Lai fell down one spot to fifth place with 13 points while Khanh Hoa replaced
them at fourth with 16 points.

In Thanh Hoa Province,
Dong Thap failed to maintain their position at the top of the V-League table
after losing 0-3 to hosts Thanh Hoa.

Thanh Hoa’s Trinh
Quang Vinh scored twice in the early minutes of the second half while Phan Tien
Hoai added a third in extra time.

It was the second loss
for Dong Thap, who dropped to third place with 17 points. Despite winning three
points, Thanh Hoa remain in the bottom three on the rankings, although they have
widened their lead over the bottom two teams.

Song Lam Nghe An, who
defeated Navibank Sai Gon on Thursday, stole the top position with 19 points,
two higher than SHB Da Nang who yesterday beat Dong Tam Long An 3-1.

It seems that Simon
McMenemy has not found a way to lift Long An from the very bottom spot. Under
his management for about one month, the former champions lost two matches and
drew one.

In a match in Ha Noi,
host Hoa Phat Ha Noi tied 1-1 with Vicem Hai Phong. Timothy Anjembe converted a
penalty kick into a goal for Hoa Phat at the 16th minute. The foreign striker
proved to be the crucial link in Hoa Phat’s frontline as he also assisted and
threatened Hai Phong’s net on several other occasions, but unfortunately his
attempts were not successful.

Hai Phong’s players
failed to meet expectations during the match, despite the draw. Most of their
attacks were quickly repelled, while the goal they scored during the 82nd minute
came during a moment of chaos in front of Hoa Phat’s box.

The ball touched
former national player Le Bat Hieu’s foot and went towards the net with Hoa Phat
goalkeeper Nguyen Viet Nam unable to stop the ball rolling over the line.

The last match of the
round ended with a 2-0 score for hosts Ninh Binh who defeated bottom-placed Ha
Noi ACB. It was the seventh loss for the capital city team who are a candidate
for relegation next season.

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