Chonburi remain a point clear at the top of the Thai Premier League after recording a 4-2 win over Bangkok United at the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday evening.
Thiago Cunha had fired the Sharks in front after 12 minutes, but the visitors equalised nine minutes before the break through a Mike Temwanjera strike.
Nonetheless, Chonburi reclaimed the lead in the 72nd minute when Thiago struck again and they surged further ahead when Nurul Sriyankem netted six minutes from time.
The hosts eventually went on to wrap up the three points when Yuki Bamba added a fourth in injury-time, although Leandro Tatu did manage to grab another consolation effort for Bangkok United right at the death.
The result was enough to keep the Sharks one point clear of second-placed Buriram United, who got back to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over Chainat.
The Thunder Castle were always like to claim maximum points at the New I-Mobile Stadium after Carmelo Gonzalez put them in front after 19 minutes, before a Panuwat Failai own-goal doubled their advantage two minutes later.
Chainat did reduce the deficit nine minutes into the second half courtesy of a Somjed Sattabut effort, but any hopes they had of a comeback were ended in the 74th minute when Anawin Jujeen scored to seal the win for Buriram.
Muangthong United’s hopes of winning the title were ended following a 0-0 draw with Sisaket at the SCG Stadium.
Although it is still mathematically possible for the Twin Qilins to finish level with Chonburi on 74 points, they will ultimately lose out due to their inferior head-to-head record.
Likewise, fourth-placed BEC Tero Sasana also can no longer be crowned champions after they were beaten 2-1 by Bangkok Glass at the Leo Stadium.
The hosts had gotten off to a dream start thanks to Blaze Ilijoski’s second-minute opener, only for Radomir Dalovic to fire BEC Tero level in the 17th minute.
But nine minutes after the hour mark, Lazarus Kaimbi found the back of the net to restore the Glass Rabbits’ lead, which ultimately proved enough for the win.
At the bottom of the table, PTT Rayong’s bid to avoid relegation took a real blow at the PTT Stadium, after they fell to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Ratchaburi courtesy of Heberty’s 16th-minute winner.
It was however a case of contrasting fortunes for Police United as they climbed up to 16th place with a 5-0 rout of Samut Songkhram – and are now just two points away from safety.
Teeratep Winothai got the Silver Shields up and running at the Samut Songkhram Stadium when he broke the deadlock after 19 minutes, before Pokkhao Anan added a second in the 39th minute.
The contest was effectively over a minute before halftime when Adnan Barakat scored from the spot, but Police were in no mood to let up and Pokkhao added a fourth in the 62nd minute before Sergio Suarez rounded off the scoring with seven minutes remaining.
Over at the United Stadium, Songkhla United played out a creditable 0-0 draw against Chiangrai United although it mattered little as they had already been relegated in midweek.
Things were worse for Air Force Central, who were also consigned to the drop in Wednesday’s round of matches, as they were beaten 3-2 by Osotspa Saraburi, while Singhtarua came from behind to beat Army United 2-1.
Finally, Takahiro Kawamura struck in the third minute of injury-time to cancel out Bjorn Lindemann’s 53rd-minute opener and help TOT hold Suphanburi to a 1-1 draw at the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Army United 1-2 Singhtarua
Bangkok Glass 2-1 BEC Tero Sasana
Buriram United 3-1 Chainat
Chiangrai United 0-0 Songkhla United
Chonburi 4-2 Bangkok United
Muangthong United 0-0 Sisaket
Osotspa Saraburi 3-2 Air Force Central
PTT Rayong 0-1 Ratchaburi
Samut Songkhram 0-5 Police United
Suphanburi 1-1 TOT