Muangthong United moved two points clear at the top of the Thai Premier League on Sunday after claiming a controversial 2-1 win over Police United at the Thammasat Stadium.
The Twin Qilins had initially taken the lead after 12 minutes when Jay Bothroyd was left unmarked inside the area, and met Datsakorn Thonglao’s freekick with a glancing header into the back of the net.
But the game’s pivotal moment arrived two minutes later when Muangthong defender Weerawut Kayem deflected the ball over his own line before Kawin Thamsatchanan clawed it back into play, only for the referee to wave away the hosts’ claims for a goal.
And two minutes after the half-hour mark, the visitors made the most of the reprieve by doubling their lead; Bothroyd playing a glorious through-ball to release Cleiton Silva, who coolly poked his shot past the onrushing Wanlop Saechew.
Police did manage to pull one back in the 48th minute when Surachart Sareepim nodded Pakorn Prempak’s freekick into the bottom corner, but their opponents ultimately held on for maximum points.
Over at the Leo Stadium, Suphanburi were denied a first win in six matches after Bangkok Glass netted late to force a 1-1 draw.
Following a goalless first half, it looked as though the visitors would finally end their winless streak after they took the lead three minutes after the hour mark; Bireme Diouf playing a good cross to find Sergio van Dijk, who netted on the rebound after his initial effort had forced Narit Taweekul into a fine point-blank range save.
However, they were dealt a real blow in the 90th minute when Piyarat Lajungreed was handed his marching orders, after being shown a second yellow for a foul on Suradej Thongchai on the edge of the box.
From the resultant freekick, Peerapong Pichitchotirat proceeded to curl a sublime effort home to earn the Glass Rabbits a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Bangkok United climbed two spots up to 11th after beating Osotspa Saraburi 2-1 at the Thai-Japanese Stadium to claim their third win on the trot.
It took the hosts just seven minutes to open the scoring when Romain Gasmi tapped home the loose ball from close range, after Sompong Soleb’s 20-yard drive had come back off the post.
Nonetheless, Osotspa pulled level in the 26th minute when Kabfah Boonmatoon met Wanmai Sethtanan’s right-wing delivery with a precise header into the far corner.
Still, Bangkok United always looked the likelier of the two sides to score again and nine minutes from time, Gasmi won it for them as he found space on the edge of the box and fired away a shot that took a wicked deflection before looping in over a hapless Chatchai Budprom.
Relegation-threatened Sisaket took a big step away from the drop zone after claiming a much-needed 2-0 triumph over Chainat at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium.
Tatree Seeha fired the hosts into a 13th-minute lead when he finished past Kritsakorn Kerdpol, after being picked out at the far post by a Gorka Unda cross.
And two minutes after the hour mark, the result was put beyond doubt as Santirat Viang-in raced through before emphatically firing his side’s second into the bottom corner.
Finally, Air Force Central went a third game without victory after playing out a 1-1 draw with Songkhla United at the Tinsulanon Stadium.
It did seem as though Air Force would be claiming all three points as they had led since the 21st minute, when Sarawut Kanlayanabandit got enough of a touch to divert the ball over the line after a corner had been deflected into his path.
But in the sixth minute of injury-time, Faysal Shayesteh did well to skip past Anu Singharaj down the left before whipping in a cross for Ahn Byung-keon, who proceeded to stab home the equaliser to earn a point for Songkhla.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Bangkok Glass 1-1 Suphanburi
Sisaket 2-0 Chainat
Songkhla United 1-1 Air Force Central
Bangkok United 2-1 Osotspa Saraburi
Police United 1-2 Muangthong United