Buriram United left it late to beat Muangthong United 1-0 in the second leg of their Thai League Cup quarter-final tie and book their place in the last four on Wednesday.P
Having played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, it looked as though extra-time – and potentially penalties – would be required at the SCG Stadium as both sides struggled to find the breakthrough.
But with a minute left on the clock, the deadlock was finally broken after Muangthong defender Artit Daosawang could only clear Nattawut Sombatyotha’s cross into the path of Carmelo Gonzalez, who sold Kim Dong-jin a dummy before lashing the winner into the back of the net.
BEC Tero Sasana, who are the only side still yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, are also through to the semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Bangkok Glass at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium was enough for them to complete a 1-0 aggregate triumph.
Following a goalless first half, the decider arrived in the 55th minute when Gilbert Koomson broke free down the right and crossed to Naruphol Ar-Romsawa, who cheekily let the ball roll between his legs before flicking it into the bottom corner.
Meanwhile, Ratchaburi are also through despite a 1-0 defeat to PTT Rayong at the PTT Stadium, having done enough in the first leg to claim a 3-2 win on aggregate.
The Oil Millionaires took the lead a minute before the break when Nattapon Woratyanan received the ball on the edge of the box, and proceeded to rifle an excellent effort past Chayoot Nakchamnarn.
However, the hosts were just unable to find the second goal that would have seen them advance as Ratchaburi held out for their place in the final four.
Finally, Nakhon Ratchasima struck a vital goal at the death to beat Chainat 4-3 on aggregate, even though they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Khao Plong Stadium on the night.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Chainat took the lead in the 21st minute when Phanuwat Jinta pounced on a loose ball inside the area before blasting a shot on the turn into the back of the net.
And a minute before the hour mark, it looked as though the hosts were going to progress on the away goals rule after the opposition’s failure to clear a corner allowed Seon Power to stab their second goal home from close range.
Nonetheless, in the 90th minute, Satoshi Nagano met a right-wing freekick with a towering header that crept in at the far post to send Nakhon Ratchasima through to the semis.
Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Quarter-final 2nd Leg Results
Chainat 2-1 Nakhon Ratchasima (3-4 on agg.)
BEC Tero Sasana 1-0 Bangkok Glass (1-0 on agg.)
Muangthong United 0-1 Buriram United (0-1 on agg.)
PTT Rayong 1-0 Ratchaburi (2-3 on agg.)