Hanoi Police FC claims second place in the standings after a fierce battle

In a dramatic waterlogged match dubbed the “aquatic battle,” Hanoi Police Football Club triumphed over Khanh Hoa with a score of 3-1 in the latest round of the V-League 2023/2024. The victory propelled them to second place in the league standings, overtaking Binh Duong.

The match was dominated by heavy rain, which significantly affected the playing conditions at Khanh Hoa’s home ground. Despite the challenging weather, it was Hanoi Police FC’s foreign striker, Jefferson, who became the hero of the day. Jefferson scored all three goals for his team, showcasing his skill and adaptability under adverse conditions.

Jefferson opened the scoring in the first half, taking advantage of a slip by the Khanh Hoa defense. He doubled the lead shortly after halftime with a well-placed shot from outside the box. His hat-trick was completed with a powerful header in the 70th minute, capping off a stellar individual performance.

Khanh Hoa, struggling to find their footing in the slippery conditions, managed a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game. Coutinho, their standout performer, scored a brilliant free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but it was too little too late to spark a comeback.

This win brings Hanoi Police FC’s total to 31 points from 18 matches, placing them just ahead of Binh Duong in the league table. The victory is particularly significant for coach Kiatisuk, whose tactical acumen was on full display, adapting his team’s play to overcome both the opponent and the inclement weather.

As the V-League season progresses, Hanoi Police FC’s rise to second place sets the stage for an exciting chase for the championship, with the team showing strong potential to challenge for the top spot. Fans and pundits alike will be keenly watching their next moves as the season heads into its critical phases.

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