AFC Cup 2019: Vietnam champions Hanoi FC have to get their campaign back on track and fast

Hanoi FC AFC Cup

They were tipped as the team to beat the AFC Cup 2019 at the start of the season, but it is fair to say that Vietnamese champions Hanoi FC have run out of some steam in the recent weeks. 

Hanoi began their campaign with an emphatic win over Cambodian League outfit Nagaworld FC and it looked like they were on their way to run away with the Group F top spot.

Will Hanoi FC get back on track against Yangon United?

However, three matches in, they find themselves in a precarious situation. After shipping in 10 goals against Nagaworld in their opener to record the biggest-ever  winning margin in the history of the competition, Hanoi have only scored once in two games now.

The Purple-Yellows were held to a 1-1 draw by Singapore Premier League side Tampines Rovers who have extended the lead at the top of the table by three points while they went down to a shocking 1-0 defeat at the hands of Yangon United in their last match.

And they will now travel to the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon to exact revenge from the Myanmarese club who knocked them off their perch in the previous match day.

Hanoi were undoubtedly the dominant side in the clash at the Hang Day Stadium and enjoyed a whopping 70 per cent possession. However, a Maung Maung Lwin goal against the run of play was all it took for Yangon to come away with all three points.

With Tampines likely to get all three points against Nagaworld on the same day, it will be crucial for Hanoi to get their campaign back on track on Wednesday or they will risk falling further behind the Singaporeans with little time to make up!