Muangthong United relinquished their status as Thai Premier League leaders on Sunday after falling to a shock 5-2 loss to Suphanburi at the SCG Stadium.
It was the Twin Qilins who drew first blood in the 25th minute when captain Datsakorn Thonglao was left in acres of space on the edge of the box, and proceeded to unleash a powerful drive that deflected off Panupong Wongsa and into the back of the net.
However, Jakkapan Pornsai came back to haunt his former club as he equalised for Suphanburi six minutes later; finding space down the left before curling an excellent shot into the far corner from an acute angle.
Two minutes before the break, it was the visitors who edged ahead when Bjorn Lindemann’s fairly-tame shot from 25 yards out took an awkward bounce in front of Kawin Thamsatchanan, whose last-ditch attempt to react only helped the ball into the roof of his net.
It was the War Elephants who were slowly gaining in confidence and Luizinho made it 3-1 seven minutes into the second half after clinically firing home on the turn after being fed by Bireme Diouf, before Lindemann added a fourth in the 74th minute with a close-range finish after Decha Sa-ardchom had robbed Sarach Yooyen off possession and squared the ball into the German’s path.
The hosts’s hopes of a stunning comeback were kept alive four minutes later when Teerasil Dangda headed home a Datsakorn freekick at the near post, but that was firmly extinguished two minutes from time when Robert Cullen raced down the left and cut back onto his right foot, before bending a terrific shot into the top corner.
The emphatic nature of the defeat also meant that Muangthong were displaced at the top of the table by BEC Tero Sasana, who moved to 23 points but have a better goal difference following a 3-2 triumph over Chainat.
Things appeared to be going well for the hosts at the Khao Plong Stadium after they took an 11th-minute lead; Park Jung-soo reacted quickest to poke the ball home after Todsaporn Sri-reung had spilled what appeared to be a routine catch from a Sumanya Purisay freekick.
Nonetheless, the Fire Dragons equalised ten minutes after halftime thanks to a deflected freekick from Rangsan Viwatchaichok but Chainat reclaimed the lead just four minutes later after the opposition defence’s failure to clear a corner from Sumanya allowed Park to grab his second with an acrobatic overhead kick.
Still, BEC Tero refused to give in and pulled level once more in the 75th minute when Daiki Iwamasa met Rangsan’s corner with a thumping header into the back of the net, before the comeback was completed nine minutes from time; Gilbert Koomson forcing his way down the right before crossing for Georgie Welcome to fire home the winner despite Kritsakorn Kerdpol’s best efforts to keep it out.
Defending champions Buriram United continue to recover from their terrible start to the campaign as they made it two wins in a row by beating bottom side Air Force Central 2-0 at the Thupatemee Stadium.
The Thunder Castle edged ahead after 19 minutes when Carmelo Gonzalez poked Theerathon Bunmathan’s freekick back into the six-yard box, to leave Tanasak Srisai with the simplest of finishes.
And in the 70th minute, Buriram went on to wrap up the three points after Tanasak’s long ball was flicked on by Kai Hirano into the path of Javier Patino, who raced through before clinically firing into the back of the net.
Over at the Thai-Japanese Stadium, Bangkok Glass went a second game without victory after falling to a shock 1-0 defeat to Bangkok United.
Following a goalless first half, the winner arrived in the 67th minute when Leandro Tatu was left completely unmarked at a corner and did enough with his diving header to steer the ball past Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng, who had been guarding Narit Taweekul’s far post.
Meanwhile, Songkhla United showed plenty of resilience to come back from losing a two-goal lead and beating Police United 4-2 at the Thammasat Stadium.
After taking a 24th-minute lead thanks to Kayne Vincent’s glancing header into the bottom corner, the Raging Bulls appeared to be cruising to victory when Adnan Barakat added a second from the spot two minutes before halftime, after Manop Sornkaew had been tripped by Wutthisak Maneesook inside the box.
But eight minutes after the hour mark, Tana Chanabut pulled one back for the hosts and he looked to have earned his side a point after netting again with ten minutes left on the clock; latching onto a left-wing cross and coolly curling his shot into the top corner.
However, Songkhla mustered one final push and reclaimed the lead five minutes later when Manop was picked out inside the box by Kaikitti In-uten and scored on the rebound, after his initial effort had been parried by Wanlop Saechew.
And deep into injury-time, they went on to seal the win as they hit Police on the counter after Wanlop had ventured forward for a corner; Barakat racing through and skipping inside the last defender before slotting into the unguarded goal.
In Sunday’s final game, Renan Marques grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign to hand Chiangrai United a 1-0 victory over Sisaket at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Air Force Central 0-2 Buriram United
Chainat 2-3 BEC Tero Sasana
Sisaket 0-1 Chiangrai United
Bangkok United 1-0 Bangkok Glass
Police United 2-4 Songkhla United
Muangthong United 2-5 Suphanburi