Buriram United moved one step closer to winning the Thai Premier League on Sunday evening after claiming a 5-0 win over Pattaya United at the New I-Mobile Stadium.
An own-goal from Phanuwat Jinta handed the Thunder Castle a 12th-minute lead, but they struggled to break down their opponents for the rest of the opening 45.
But nine minutes after the break, the second goal duly arrived when Carmelo Gonzalez grabbed his 23rd strike of the campaign, before Philippines international Javier Patino made it 3-0 four minutes after the hour mark.
Seven minutes later, Kai Hirano struck to wrap up the victory for the hosts but there was still time for one last goal, which came in the final minute through a Bruno Arias strike.
Nonetheless, Buriram will have to wait for another week before sealing the title after second-placed Muangthong United stayed three points behind with a 1-0 win over Bangkok Glass.
In an evenly contested clash at the SCG Stadium, the only goal of the game came three minutes after the half-hour mark when Mario Gjurovski found the back of the net.
Chiangrai United climbed off the foot of the table and into 14th place with a crucial 1-0 win at home to Ratchaburi, courtesy of Leonardo Ferreira’s 12th-minute winner.
Finally, Army United left it late to force a 1-1 draw against Samut Songkhram at the Samut Songkhram Stadium.
The hosts had taken the lead in the 20th minute after Phuvanart Sangsri broke the deadlock, but six minutes from time, Monkol Tossagri equalised to earn Army a share of the spoils.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Buriram United 5-0 Pattaya United
Muangthong United 1-0 Bangkok Glass
Samut Songkhram 1-1 Army United
Chiangrai United 1-0 Ratchaburi