Muangthong United moved back on top of the Thai Premier League on Sunday evening after recording a 3-1 win over Bangkok United at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.
The Twin Qilins took the lead in the 15th minute when Datsakorn Thonglao curled a 20-yard freekick in at the near post and the Thailand international added a second a minute before the half-hour mark; Milan Bubalo skipping past Kim Yoo-jin before squaring the ball for his captain to guide into the bottom corner.
The hosts did manage to pull one back in the 60th minute when Leandro Tatu scored from close range as he reacted quickest to a loose ball, after Kawin Thamsatchanan could only parry a freekick into his path.
But in the final minute, Muangthong went on to make sure of the win after Bubalo embarked on another unstoppable charge into the box before crossing to the back post to leave Piyaphon Phanichakul with a simple tap-in.
The result allowed them to overtake Buriram United at the top and claim a two-point lead in the process, after BEC Tero Sasana could only play out a 1-1 draw against Chiangrai United at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium.
Things could have been worse for the Fire Dragons as Chiangrai took the lead on the stroke of halftime, when Fernando Abreu rifled a shot home on the rebound after Leandro Assumpcao’s initial effort had been cleared off the line.
However, when Georgie Welcome’s looping header came back off the bar in the 50th minute, Chanathip Songkrasin made a darting run into the box to smash home on the follow-up and force the draw and help preserve his side’s unbeaten record.
Chonburi had veteran playmaker Therdsak Chaiman to thank as they climbed into fourth on the table with a 1-1 draw against TOT.
It was TOT that edged ahead four minutes before the break when Mohamed Kone found the back of the net but five minutes from time, Therdsak equalised to earn the Sharks a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Ratchaburi got back to winning ways as they came from a goal down to beat bottom side Samut Songkhram 3-1 at the Dragons Arena.
Although Samut Songkhram had broken the deadlock on the half-hour mark when Kone Seydou’s towering header squirmed past Ukrit Wongmeema at the near post, Ratchaburi pulled level ten minutes later when Heberty unleashed a spectacular swerving freekick from all of 35 yards that deceived Erikson Noguchipinto on its way in.
Heberty then turned provider in the 62nd minute when his glorious over-the-top pass found Douglas Cardozo, who took the ball past Noguchipinto with a sublime first touch before slotting into the unguarded net.
And 15 minutes from time, Ratchaburi went on to seal the win after Henri Joel climbed highest inside the box to head home Heberty’s left-wing freekick for his side’s third.
Finally, Army United’s poor run of form continued as they went a fourth game without victory following a 5-3 loss to Osotspa Saraburi at the Rajamangala Stadium.
Two goals in four minutes by Adisak Ganu just before halftime had handed Osotspa a healthy lead at the break, but they showed no signs of letting up in the second half and Anthony Moura-Komenan made it 3-0 in the 54th minute.
Three minutes after the hour mark, Moura-Komenan grabbed a brace of his own before completing his hat-trick two minutes later to effectively end the contest.
To their credit, Army refused to give in and pulled one back in the 72nd minute through a Raphael Botti strike, before Goran Jerkovic further reduced the deficit two minutes later.
Anuwat Noichernphan ensured there would be more respectability to the scoreline when he netted a third for Army in injury-time although it was little more than a mere consolation, as the hosts went on to claim an impressive victory.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
BEC Tero Sasana 1-1 Chiangrai United
Osotspa Saraburi 5-3 Army United
Ratchaburi 3-1 Samut Songkhram
Bangkok United 1-3 Muangthong United
TOT 1-1 Chonburi