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AFC Champions League: HAGL’s proud end

HAGL is back! AFC Champions League for the first time in 17 years in the most wonderful way, with a 1-0 victory over Sydney FC (Australia) last night to bring joy and pride to Vietnamese fans.

The heavy rain from morning to afternoon did not stop the excitement of more than 10,000 spectators at Thong Nhat Stadium. They were rewarded with a proud image of HAGL leaving the AFC Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Sydney FC. The way HAGL controlled the ball to 61% in the first half, forcing the opponent to defend is their great gratitude with the breakthrough of Brandao’s beautiful goal in the 39th minute.

AFC Champions League: HAGL's proud ending - photo 1

HAGL’s joy of victory over Sydney (Australia)


Expert Doan Minh Xuong commented: “In the last match of the group stage of the AFC Champions League, HAGL played with great spirit and effort. Coach Kiatisak’s teachers and students gave a good match, to confirm to all that opponents like Sydney FC are just right, both in terms of people and gameplay. Obviously, when being sent to the AFC Champions League 2022, HAGL had a good preparation, clearly defined the right attitude when entering the competition. Of the four teams, HAGL had the most difficulty when, with the exception of rotating the central midfield pair, the rest almost only kicked one squad… But HAGL played with utmost effort and did not disappoint the audience when shows great professional progress”.

Highlights HAGL 1-0 Sydney: Convincing victory of Vietnamese club

The record of 1 win, 2 draws helps HAGL rank 3rd with 5 points, officially going down in history Soccer Vietnam with 12 points surpassed Binh Duong (9 points) through the AFC Champions League tournament so far.

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HAGL played with utmost effort and did not disappoint the audience


Mr. Doan Minh Xuong expressed: “Since 2018, Vietnamese football level progress has begun. Particularly, HAGL players have been playing international football continuously since the age of 17. For the past 10 years, Hong Duy, Van Thanh, Van Toan, Cong Phuong, Tuan Anh, Xuan Truong… have fought through many large and small campaigns. They have grown a lot thanks to the transparent view of the German election, which is important and leaves room for development for domestic players. HAGL also added suitable pieces.

The victory over Sydney FC is the result of the long investment process of the German election, with the falling point being coach Kiatisak’s return to Vietnam. Really commendable spirit and engagement attitude of HAGL Always play with dedication effort to serve the audience. The gap with continental elites like Jeonbuk and Yokohama is obviously still quite clear. But the results after 6 fair matches on Thong Nhat Stadium show that the gap is not too terrible, and will narrow if players come out to play with confidence.

But look at other Southeast Asian representatives such as BG Pathum United (Thailand), Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia) convincingly leading Group G and I. To shorten the gap still remaining with the top of the continent and football platforms in the region is not simple. Anyway, I hope that the way HAGL and Viettel played football in the past 2 years will be a push to stimulate the V-League teams’ desire to reach out to the continent.

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