Viettel FC have advanced to the quarterfinals of Vietnam’s National Cup after defeating hosts An Giang FC in front of nearly 10,000 spectators on Saturday.
National team captain Que Ngoc Hai delivered a quality performance, netting the opener and thus paving the way for his club’s victory.
The round of 16 game at Long Xuyen Stadium in the namesake city, which is the capital of An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, featured an attendance of almost 10,000 spectators, placing a lot of pressure on the visitors.
But the military-owned club proved too strong for An Giang.
Viettel mounted repeated attacks right after kick-off but their players missed all of the chances.
Khac Ngoc’s shot from outside the box beat goalkeeper Manh Cuong, only to strike the woodwork 38 minutes into the match.
A Nham Manh Dung attempt was in vain seven minutes later, as his powerful left-footed shot hit the bar.
Viettel wasted the following chances until defender Hai stepped forward.
The national team skipper fired the ball from 20 meters, deflecting off Dung’s head into the goal in the 70th minute.
The visitors went on with their attacks and found a second goal eight minutes later.
Khac Ngoc’s shot from outside the penalty area was blocked by Manh Cuong before Quang Khai quickly headed the rebound into the net, booking Viettel a ticket to the quarters.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Than Quang Ninh, and Ho Chi Minh City have also secured a berth in the ¼ round.
Eight games are scheduled to take place on Sunday to determine the other four spots in the quarters.