BEC Tero Sasana tentatively moved top of the Thai Premier League on Saturday after playing out a 1-1 draw with Buriram United at the New I-Mobile Stadium.
It was the Thunder Castle who had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Jakkaphan Kaewprom tried his luck with a 25-yard drive that skipped awkwardly off the pitch, before fizzing past Prasit Padungchok into the bottom corner.
But on the half-hour mark, the visitors went on to earn a share of the spoils as Daiki Iwamasa found space inside the six-yard box to meet Rangsan Viwatchaichok’s freekick and squeezed his header in at the post.
The result allowed the Fire Dragons to move top of the table while Buriram also climbed into second place, although Muangthong United can reclaim the lead if they avoid defeat against Police United on Sunday.
Fourth-placed Chonburi are now just three points off the pace after recording an impressive 3-1 win over Ratchaburi at the Dragons Arena.
Thiago Cunha handed the Sharks the lead on the stroke of halftime after some dreadful defending allowed him to race through on goal, and although his initial effort had come back off the post, he was on hand to tap home the rebound.
However, the hosts managed to pull level in the 56th minute after Heberty played a lovely one-two on the edge of the box with Juan Quero to break free inside the box, before firing past the onrushing Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool.
Still, it took Chonburi just four minutes to reclaim the lead when Anderson dos Santos climbed above Chayoot Nakchamnarn to meet Kroekrit Thaweekarn’s freekick with a towering header into the back of the net.
And they made sure of the three points a minute from time; Therdsak Chaiman embarking on a brilliant run down the left before feeding the ball to Juliano Mineiro, who made no mistake in firing past Chayoot.
Meanwhile, Army United finally ended a seven-game winless streak after beating TOT 1-0 at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana.
The only goal of the game came on the stroke of halftime after Anuwat Noichernphan’s shot was deflected by opposition captain Patiparn Phetphun into the path of Goran Jerkovic, who volleyed home the loose ball with aplomb to hand his side a much-needed victory.
Over at the PTT Stadium, PTT Rayong claimed only their third win of the campaign and add to bottom side Samut Songkhram’s woes with a 3-2 triumph.
It initially looked as though the visitors would be getting a positive result when they opened the scoring after 12 minutes; Samuel Ajayi racing through before clinically sliding his shot into the bottom corner.
Nonetheless, the hosts equalised three minutes later after patiently carving out an opening for Nattapon Woratayanan, who unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard drive past Chaipipat Maneekiaw.
Amadou Ouattara then put PTT ahead two minutes before halftime when he skipped past a challenge on the edge of the box, before drilling his shot into the bottom corner.
Things got even better for them in the 62nd minute after Amorn Thammanarn brilliantly beat two men before laying the ball off to Yves Desmarets, who proceeded to curl home a left-footed shot to make it 3-1.
Samut Songkhram did manage to pull one back three minutes later when opposition midfielder Matt Thompson – in an attempt to clear a freekick – could only head the ball into his own goal, but the Oil Millionaires managed to play out the remainder of the match and claim maximum points.
Finally, Chiangrai United and Singhtarua played out a 0-0 draw at the United Stadium.
Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results
Buriram United 1-1 BEC Tero Sasana
PTT Rayong 3-2 Samut Songkhram
Chiangrai United 0-0 Singhtarua
Ratchaburi 1-3 Chonburi
TOT 0-1 Army United