Buriram United moved back on top of the Thai Premier League on Wednesday evening after recording a 2-0 win over TOT at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana.
The Thunder Castle got off to a dream start when Javier Patino fired them in front after nine minutes, before the hosts were dealt a real blow when Noppol Pol-udom was sent off in the 66th minute for a second bookable offence.
Just seven minutes later, Carmelo Gonzalez added a second for the visitors to help them wrap up the three points.
The result was enough to send Buriram top of the table by a point, after title challengers Chonburi were held to a 1-1 draw by Chainat.
Following a goalless first half at the Chainat Stadium, it looked as though the Sharks were headed for victory after Nurul Sriyankem put them ahead three minutes after the hour mark.
But in the 71st minute, Jitpanya Tisut popped up with the equaliser to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Muangthong United remained on track for a top-three finish after claiming a 2-0 triumph over Osotspa Saraburi at the M-150 Saraburi Stadium.
Milan Bubalo opened the scoring for the Twin Qilins a minute before halftime, before Sarach Yooyen scored in the 57th minute to seal the win.
Fourth-placed BEC Tero Sasana can still overtake Muangthong in the weekend’s final round of matches due to their superior head-to-head record, after they remained three points behind with a 2-1 triumph over PTT Rayong at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium.
After Radomir Dalovic had broken the deadlock in the sixth minute, Sho Shimoji struck 11 minutes later to put the Fire Dragons firmly in control of proceedings.
PTT pulled one back with seven minutes remaining through a Yves Desmarets strike but it proved to be too little too late, as BEC Tero held out for maximum points.
The result also sealed the Oil Millionaires’ relegation to the Division 1 League as they can no longer finish higher than 16th spot.
Police United continued their amazing climb to safety after making it three wins in a row by defeating Suphanburi 3-1 at the Thammasat Stadium.
After Adnan Barakat had fired them ahead from the spot just before halftime, the Silver Shields made it 2-0 when Pokkhao Anan found the back of the net in the 58th minute.
The contest was effectively over seven minutes from time when Surachart Sareepim added a third for the hosts, although Suphanburi did grab an injury-time consolation through a Krissadee Prakobkong own-goal.
Over at the Leo Stadium, Predrag Sikimic netted a 90th-minute winner to help Singhtarua beat Bangkok Glass 3-2, while Mike Temwanjera’s brace and a Romain Gasmi strike handed Bangkok United a 3-0 triumph over Air Force Central at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.
Sisaket secured their top-flight status for another season after defeating Army United 4-2 at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium, and there were also plenty of goals at the Dragons Arena as Ratchaburi played out a 2-2 draw with Chiangrai United.
Finally, bottom side Samut Songkhram gave their fans something to cheer about at the Tinsulanon Stadium after goals from Sakdarin Mingsamorn and Guy Hubert handed them a 2-1 win over Songkhla United, who netted a late consolation through Pichit Ketsro in the second minute of injury-time.
Wednesday’s Thai Premier League Results
Bangkok Glass 2-3 Singhtarua
Bangkok United 3-0 Air Force Central
BEC Tero Sasana 2-1 PTT Rayong
Chainat 1-1 Chonburi
Osotspa Saraburi 0-2 Muangthong United
Police United 3-1 Suphanburi
Ratchaburi 2-2 Chiangrai United
Sisaket 4-2 Army United
Songkhla United 1-2 Samut Songkhram
TOT 0-2 Buriram United