Thanh Hoa defeats Hai Phong in a penalty shootout to advance to the national cup semifinals

This afternoon (April 29), another quarterfinal match of the 2023/2024 National Cup took place, featuring a thrilling contest between Thanh Hoa and Hai Phong. The home advantage helped Thanh Hoa start strong, taking an early lead thanks to an own goal by Van Toi. However, before the end of the first half, Hoang Nam equalized for Hai Phong, bringing the match back to square one.

In the second half, both teams played aggressively, creating opportunities but failing to add more goals, resulting in a 1-1 draw. This led to a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

During the shootout, Thanh Hoa’s goalkeeper Xuan Hoang played a crucial role, blocking two shots from Huu Son and Tien Dung, securing a 4-2 victory for Thanh Hoa and booking their place in the semifinals of the 2023/2024 National Cup.

This victory is a significant boost for Thanh Hoa, demonstrating their resilience and teamwork. The match against Hai Phong was a test of their capabilities, with both teams showing moments of brilliance. The initial own goal by Van Toi was a setback for Hai Phong, but their ability to regroup and equalize before the end of the first half highlighted their fighting spirit.

The second half saw both teams create chances, but the defense held firm on both sides, leading to a goalless half. The penalty shootout was a dramatic conclusion, with Thanh Hoa prevailing thanks to Xuan Hoang’s decisive saves.

Thanh Hoa’s win is a testament to their determination and composure, key attributes as they advance further in the National Cup. Their performance against Hai Phong showed their potential, but also areas to improve upon as they prepare for their next challenge in the semifinals.

The National Cup 2023/2024 continues to showcase exciting football action, with Thanh Hoa’s victory ensuring their place among the final four teams. The journey continues, and Thanh Hoa will now turn their attention to the semifinals, where they aim to continue their progress and compete for the cup.

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