Chonburi booked their place in the last four of the Thai FA Cup in dominant fashion on Wednesday after beating TOT 6-1 in their quarter-final tie.
The Sharks took the lead at the Stadium Chaeng Watthana after nine minutes when Yuki Bamba did well to break down the left and drill in a cross to leave Juliano Mineiro with a simple tap-in.
Nonetheless, TOT managed to equalise in the 17th minute after a lovely bit of skill from Gong Young-sun saw him take Prakit Deeprom’s cross past a defender and into his path, before firing past Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool.
But a minute after the half-hour mark, Chonburi reclaimed the advantage when Chakrit Buathong got in behind his man and sent a lovely lob over the onrushing Weera Koedpudsa.
They then edged further ahead in the 49th minute when the TOT defence was once again carved open; Thiago Cunha racing onto a through-ball before clinically firing into the back of the net.
And Thiago was at it again four minutes after the hour mark when he met Nattaphong Samana’s precise left-wing cross with a diving header into the bottom corner.
The contest was then all but over in the 75th minute when Nattaphong got a goal of his own in fortuitous fashion as he mishit a cross and sent it straight towards goal; the referee awarding the strike after it had crossed the line before being clawed out by Weera.
Still, Chonburi were not finished yet and completed the rout five minutes from time with a sixth goal after Korakod Wiriyaudomsiri lined up a freekick on the edge of the box, and proceeded to send a spectacular effort into the top corner.
Bangkok Glass are also through to the semi-finals after putting their recent Thai Premier League woes behind them to claim an impressive 2-1 win over giants Muangthong United at the Leo Stadium.
The Glass Rabbits drew first blood in the 25th minute as they edged ahead in the 25th minute when Lazarus Kaimbi broke free down the right, before firing a shot past Kawin Thamsatchanan at his near post.
Four minutes before the break, it was 2-0 when Goshi Okubo scored from the spot after he had been tripped inside the box by Milan Bubalo as he was about to pull the trigger.
However, they were dealt a real blow a minute after the hour mark when Phuritad Jarikanon was shown a straight red, after catching Kim Dong-jin on the knee with a dangerous studs-up challenge.
With the numerical advantage, Muangthong did manage to pull one back in the 75th minute when Kasidech Wettayawong was left with a simple finish into the unguarded net after Narit Taweekul had blocked Cleiton Silva’s initial effort, although the hosts ultimately held out for the win.
Meanwhile, Suphanburi advanced to the last four for the first time in their history after beating Bangkok United 2-1 at the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium.
Bireme Diouf fired the War Elephants in front five minutes before halftime when sent a thumping header home at the near post after being picked out by Jakkapan Pornsai’s corner.
But six minutes after the hour mark, the visitors responded through a set-piece of their own; Sompong Soleb stooping low to meet Romain Gasmi’s delivery with a glancing header that squirmed in under Anurak Chompoopruk’s body.
Alas, it was Suphanburi who had the final say as Diouf struck again in the 74th minute, lashing home the winner from eight yards after the Angels had failed to clear their lines to send his side through.
In Wednesday’ final clash, Chiangrai United completed the semi-final line-up with a 1-0 victory over Bangkok FC at the United Stadium.
The only goal of the game came after three minutes when Fernando Abreu was first to react to a loose ball inside the box, and blasted a shot in from just outside the six-yard box.
Wednesday’s Thai FA Cup Quarter-final Results
Bangkok Glass 2-1 Muangthong United
Chiangrai United 1-0 Bangkok FC
Suphanburi 2-1 Bangkok United
TOT 1-6 Chonburi