Becamex Binh Duong pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over J-League side Kashiwa Reysol in the last fixture of Asian Champions League group stage.
Le Cong Vinh scored the only goal of the dead rubber at Go Dau Stadium to secure his team’s first-ever victory in the tournament, ending an 11-match winless run that began in 2008.
“I’m really happy with the result of the game,” Binh Duong coach Nguyen Thanh Son said after the match. “In fact, I just hoped that we could draw the game because Kashiwa’s players are at a higher level than ours.
“But many of their players seemed to not play well; maybe they thought that they didn’t need to try their best because they’re sure to be the champion of the group.
“We deserved the victory and I’m satisfied because my players kept their fighting spirit until the last minute and my defensive line also played very concentrated,” he added.
The loss was the first of the tournament for the Japanese visitors, who topped Group E with 11 points after beating Jeonbuk Motors in the head-to-head tiebreaker.