Buriram United remain three points clear at the top of the Thai Premier League after claiming a crucial 1-0 win over Muangthong United at the SCG Stadium.
The visitors took the lead five minutes after the half-hour mark following a sweeping counterattack after clearing a corner; Jakkaphan Kaewprom embarking on a 50-yard run before squaring the ball to Andres Tunez, who got just enough on his shot to beat Kawin Thamsatchanan.
Muangthong were presented an excellent opportunity to pull level on the stroke of halftime after being awarded a penalty when Wuttichai Tathong went down inside the box under Surat Sukha’s challenge, only for Sivaruck Tedsungnoen to pull off a fine save to deny Cleiton Silva.
Buriram were then dealt a real blow in the 60th minute when Theerathon Bunmathan was shown a second yellow after hacking at Piyaphon Phanichakul, although they were able to keep the Twin Qilins at bay for the rest of the game and hold out for the win.
The result helped ensure the Thunder Castle maintained their three-point lead at the summit, after Chonburi cruised to a 3-1 win over Air Force Central at the Thupatemee Stadium.
Thiago Cunha put the Sharks in front after 11 minutes when he burst through and nodded the ball past the onrushing keeper before slotting into the unguarded net, and added a second a minute after halftime when he skipped inside his man before curling a lovely shot into the far corner.
The hosts did manage to pull one back in the 53rd minute when Bang Seung-hwan broke free down the left and advanced on goal, before firing through the legs of Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool.
But two minutes before fulltime, Andre Araujo capitalised on a costly slip by his opponent to race through and send a deft chip into the back of the net to wrap up the three points for Chonburi.
Fourth-placed BEC Tero Sasana’s poor run of form continued after falling to a 2-1 loss to TOT at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana.
The hosts broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Prakit Deeprom played a neat pass through to Noppol Pol-udom, who coolly swept his shot into the bottom corner.
A minute after the hour mark, TOT doubled their advantage after the opposition defence was sliced open by a brilliant pass from Wichan Nanthasri; Prakit racing through before sending a cheeky lob over a stranded Todsaporn Sri-reung.
BEC Tero did reduce the deficit nine minutes from time when Jaturong Pimkoon latched onto Sompob Nilwong’s chest-down and expertly curled a shot into the back of the net, although it proved to be a mere consolation and the Fire Dragons have now won just one in their last five league matches.
Over at the Thai Army Sports Stadium, Suphanburi snapped a four-game winless streak in fine fashion as they cruised to a 4-0 rout of Army United.
Putthinan Wannasri got the War Elephants on their way after 16 minutes when he headed home from four yards out, after Sergio van Dijk had held up the ball well inside the box before chipping a cross to the near post.
Six minutes before the break, the visitors doubled their lead through a stunning strike from Charyl Chappuis; the Thailand international smashing an unstoppable 25-yard effort into the far corner.
Van Dijk then added a third two minutes into the second half when he smashed home on the rebound, after Robert Cullen had fired a shot straight at Sarawut Konglarp from point-blank range.
And in injury-time, the thrashing was completed after Sarawut deflected Sutee Suksomkit’s initial effort into the path of Cullen to leave him with the simplest of tap-ins.
Meanwhile, Bangkok Glass only have themselves to blame after throwing away a comfortable lead in a 3-2 defeat to Chainat at the Khao Plong Stadium.
The Glass Rabbits had broken the deadlock in the 19th minute when Goshi Okubo raced onto Lazarus Kaimbi’s neat layoff and curled his shot in off the bar.
And just three minutes later, it was 2-0 when Kaimbi beat the offside trap after receiving a neat pass from Darko Tasevski and skipped past Pitawat Chamnongchob before firing home.
However, the hosts hit back four minutes before halftime when Surachet Ngamtip pounced on a loose ball outside the box and unleashed a terrific dipping effort that clipped the underside of the bar before landing over the line.
And two minutes after the hour mark, the scores were level after Arthit Sunthornpit found space down the left and whipped in a brilliant cross for Valery Hiek to meet with a bullet header past Narit Taweekul.
Six minutes from time, the comeback was completed after the visitors could only clear a corner to the edge of the box, where Ratchapol Nawanno proceeded to drill a ferocious strike into the back of the net.
Likewise, Bangkok United also threw away a two-goal cushion to be held to a 2-2 draw by PTT Rayong at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.
Having taken the lead in the 27th minute through Romain Gasmi’s sublime left-footed lob that went in off the bar, the hosts edged further ahead five minutes later when Sompong Soleb met a corner at the near post with a glancing header into the bottom corner.
Nonetheless, Yves Desmarets kept PTT alive two minutes before the hour mark when he skipped past a challenge outside the area before blasting an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.
And in the 77th minute, an error from Sujin Naknayom saw him punch Amadou Ouattara’s corner into Michael Beauchamp, who got enough of a deflection on the ball to put it over the line.
The game did end on an ugly note deep into injury-time when Ouattara and Gasmi were both sent off for letting their tempers boil over after getting into a confrontation.
Sisaket’s bid to move away from the relegation zone was given a real boost after they claimed their first win in four games after beating bottom side Samut Songkhram 1-0 at the Samut Songkhram Stadium.
The only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute when Ekkapan Jandakorn made a darting run to the near post before nodding the ball into the bottom corner, handing his side the three points in the process with his second goal in two matches.
Fifth-placed Ratchaburi made the most of a numerical advantage as they came from behind to beat Police United 2-1 at the Thammasat Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Police were handed a real blow when Saranyu Intarat was sent off for a second bookable offence but they edged ahead five minutes later through a Sergio Suarez strike.
Still, Ratchaburi managed to level the scores in the 83rd minute through an effort from Heberty, who struck again two minutes later to hand the visitors maximum points.
Finally, Singhtarua got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Songkhla United at the PAT Stadium.
Although Kayne Vincent had put Songkhla in front on the half-hour mark, Leandro Oliveira equalised for the hosts ten minutes from time.
And in the 90th minute, Sirichai Lamputtha popped up with the winner to help Singhtarua record their first win in seven outings.
Wednesday’s Thai Premier League Results
Army United 0-4 Suphanburi
Chainat 3-2 Bangkok Glass
Singhtarua 2-1 Songkhla United
Bangkok United 2-2 PTT Rayong
Police United 1-2 Ratchaburi
Samut Songkhram 0-1 Sisaket
TOT 2-1 BEC Tero Sasana
Air Force Central 1-3 Chonburi
Muangthong United 0-1 Buriram United