Muangthong reclaim top spot; Suphanburi on the rise

Muangthong United moved back on top of the Thai Premier League on Saturday after claiming a 1-0 win over Chonburi at the SCG Stadium.

Mario Gjurovski fired the Twin Qilins ahead seven minutes before halftime when he ran onto a brilliant through-ball from Teerasil Dangda and had the composure to shift the ball back onto his left foot, before stroking his shot into the bottom corner.

The Macedonia international then had a golden opportunity to double his side’s lead in the 68th minute after Teerasil had won a penalty after being tripped inside the box by Anderson dos Santos, only to send a weak effort straight down the middle that was easy for Sinthaweechai Hathairattankool to save.

Nonetheless, the Sharks were just unable to find an equaliser as Muangthong held out for the remainder of the game to claim all three points.

The result allowed them to move two points clear at the top of the table after BEC Tero Sasana were held to a 1-1 draw by Police United at the Thammasat Stadium.

It was the hosts that drew first blood six minutes after the half-hour mark, when Michael Murcy met an excellent right-wing cross by Pakorn Prempak at the back post and sent a diving header into the back of the net.

But in the 67th minute, BEC Tero went on to earn a share of the spoils when Sho Shimoji reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the box after a spill from opposition keeper Wanlop Saechew, and stabbed home the equaliser from four yards out.

Meanwhile, Suphanburi were emphatic victors for the second time in three games after beating Sisaket 5-1 at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium.

After Luizinho had fired the visitors into a 21st-minute lead, Bjorn Lindemann made it 2-0 11 minutes after the break as he ran onto Jung Myung-oh’s square pass and skipped inside Chatchai Mokkasem before firing into the back of the net.

Lindemann then netted his second of the game on the hour mark as he once again found space inside the box and stroked a left-footed shot into the bottom corner, and a fourth arrived for Suphanburi three minutes later; Jakkapan Pornsai firing home from eight yards after Bireme Diouf had two previous efforts blocked on the line.

Sisaket did manage to reduce the deficit in the 66th minute when he latched onto Gorka Unda’s flicked pass and fired away a shot that squirmed under the keeper’s body, but the rout was completed nine minutes from time; Jakkapan breaking free inside the area and unselfishly squaring the ball for Diouf to tap home.

Over at the PAT Stadium, Singhtarua’s recent slump continued as they were beaten 2-1 by newly-promoted Air Force Central, who notched their first win of the campaign at the 13th time of asking.

Hironori Saruta had fired the Port Lions ahead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute, but Air Force equalised a minute after the hour mark via a Sarawut Kanlayanabundit strike.

And a minute from time, Yao Hermann Kouassi struck his second goal of the season to hand the visitors a stunning come-from-behind win.

In Saturday’s final game, Bangkok United and Chiangrai United played out a 0-0 draw at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.

Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results

Muangthong United 1-0 Chonburi

Sisaket 1-5 Suphanburi

Bangkok United 0-0 Chiangrai United

Singhtarua 1-2 Air Force Central

Police United 1-1 BEC Tero Sasana

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