Horrendous V. League tackle makes int'l headlines

By Vy Anh   March 24, 2021 | 01:00 am PT
Horrendous V. League tackle makes int'l headlines
Do Hung Dung of Hanoi FC leaves the field with a broken shin from a vicious tackle against HCMC FC in a V. League game on March 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.
Ngo Hoang Thinh's tackle that broke Do Hung Dung’s leg has garnered attention from some foreign media outlets.

U.K. newspaper Sportbible called it "one of the worst tackles we've ever seen" and Dung's broken leg, "sickening."

"It's one of the worst we have seen for a long, long time and looked like a definite leg break for Hung Dung, who was laying in complete agony," it wrote.

Another U.K. newspaper, GiveMeSport, also called the challenge "the worst tackle ever."

"It was a truly horrendous challenge and Hung Dung suffered a broken leg. He is now expected to be out for the remainder of the season. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery," the site wrote.

Spanish football newspaper Marca also uploaded a clip of the awful challenge, calling it "hard to watch."

"A horror tackle in Vietnam has gone viral. The challenge left Do Hung Dung rolling around in agony, with replays showing his leg bending into an unnatural position," Marca wrote.

Do Hung Dung of Hanoi FC is injured following a tackle against HCMC FC during a V. League game on March 23, 2021.

In the 27th minute of the V. League game on Tuesday, midfielder Ngo Hoang Thinh of HCMC FC, in an attempt to stop a counterattack, made a two-footed tackle on Hanoi FC's Dung, who collapsed immediately and screamed in pain.

X-rays showed the lower half of Dung’s shin bone was broken, an injury likely to keep him out of the game for at least a year. After surgery, Dung will stay in hospital for three days before starting his recovery process.

Dung won the V. League thrice with his club as well as the 2018 AFF Cup and 2019 SEA Games gold medal with Vietnam.

With Dung absent, the Vietnam national team would certainly meet some difficulties when they play their remaining World Cup Asian qualifiers against Malaysia, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates in June.

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