Muangthong charge into League Cup quarters; Buriram advance

Muangthong United booked their place in the Thai League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 6-1 win over BBCU in their last-16 tie at the Nonthaburi Municipality Stadium.

It was the Pink Panthers who drew first blood after 14 minutes when Pachara Poomchart cleverly beat Dagno Siaka and raced through, before slotting past Witsanusak Kaewruang.

But eight minutes later, Muangthong equalised when Milan Bubalo latched onto Kasidech Wettayawong’s left-wing cross and skipped past a couple of challenges, before firing into the bottom corner.

Two minutes after the half-hour mark, Bubalo turned provider as he raced down the left and squared the ball to leave Chainarong Tathong with a simple tap-in, but they then had Witsanusak to thank for keeping them in front as he produced a fine stop after BBCU had been awarded a penalty following a foul by Artit Daosawang.

And the visitors edged further ahead in the 72nd minute when Sarach Yooyen slid in at the far post to convert a cross from Wuttichai Tathong, who then got in on the act two minutes later when he swept the ball home from close range after a good run and cross from Bubalo.

Seven minutes before time, the Twin Qilins added a fifth when Kasidech spotted the opposition keeper off his line and sent a sublime lob into the back of the net, before Bubalo rounded off the scoring in the final minute as he raced onto Weerawut Kayem’s glorious over-the-top ball and grabbed his second of the evening.

Defending champions Buriram United are also through following a 3-1 win over TTM Customs at the Lad Krabang 45 Stadium.

It took the Thunder Castle just six minutes to break the deadlock courtesy of an Adisak Kraisorn effort, before Tanasak Srisai made it 2-0 in the 50th minute.

Right on the hour mark, Anawin Jujeen added a third to put the result beyond doubt, although TTM did manage a consolation in injury-time.

Elsewhere, Bangkok Glass put their recent Thai Premier League troubles aside as they beat Phuket FC 1-0 at the Surakul Stadium courtesy of Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng’s 77th-minute winner, while BEC Tero Sasana beat Pattaya United 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium.

However, Chonburi had no such luck as they were defeated 2-1 by ten-man Ratchaburi at the Dragons Arena.

Veteran midfielder Therdsak Chaiman had fire the Sharks in front after nine minutes, only for Apiwat Ngaolahmin to equalise for the hosts in the 41st minute.

A minute later, Douglas Cardozo netted to put Ratchaburi in front and although the Brazilian was then sent off three minutes after halftime, his side were able to hold out for the win.

Chainat also booked their spot in the last eight after a Nikola Nikezic hat-trick propelled them to a 3-2 win over fellow Premier League outfit Osotspa Saraburi.

One top-flight club that had their scalp claimed by lower division opposition were Chiangrai United, who were beaten 2-0 by Division 1 League outfit Nakhon Ratchasima at the 5th December Stadium.

On-loan midfielder Sarawut Janthapan opened the scoring for the hosts in the 7th minute, before Adisak Hantes struck 12 minutes from time to make sure of the result.

Finally, PTT Rayong avoided an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Krabi as they progressed into the quarters with a 4-2 victory on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Round of 16 Results

BBCU 1-6 Muangthong United

Chainat 3-2 Osotspa Saraburi

Krabi 2-2 PTT Rayong (after extra-time, 2-4 on penalties)

Pattaya United 0-2 BEC Tero Sasana

Ratchaburi 2-1 Chonburi

TTM Customs 1-3 Buriram United

Phuket FC 0-1 Bangkok Glass

Nakhon Ratchasima 2-0 Chiangrai United

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