Buriram deny Muangthong; two in a row for Army

Reigning Thai Premier League champions Buriram United overcame an early setback to force a 1-1 draw against title rivals Muangthong United at the SCG Stadium on Saturday.

Just two minutes into the match, the Twin Qilins took the lead when Mario Gjurovski sent Sivaruck Tedsungnoen the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Theerathon Bunmathan was harshly adjudged to have fouled Thitipan Puangchan inside the area.

However, six minutes after the hour mark, Theerathon made amends when he whipped a sublime left-wing cross into the box to pick out Diogo, who made no mistake in sending a thumping header into the back of the net to earn Buriram a share of the spoils.

The result, coupled with victories in last week’s opening round of matches, means both sides maintain their unbeaten start to the 2015 campaign.

Meanwhile, it is Army United who find themselves top of the table at the moment after claiming a second straight victory by beating TOT 2-1.

The visitors edged ahead at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana on the stroke of halftime as Nipol Kamthong was left with a simple header into the back of the net, after Weera Koedpudsa had misjudged a high ball and left his goal completely unattended.

Melvin de Leeuw then added a second for Army in the 90th minute when he was left completely unmarked down the left after his side had hit their opponents on the counter, and coolly slotted past the onrushing Weera.

TOT did manage to grab a consolation in the fifth minute of injury-time when Takahiro Kawamura’s close-range strike had come back off the bar; Lee Jun-ki reacting quickest to smash home the loose ball inside the six-yard box, although it ultimately proved to be too little too late.

Still, the win might have come at a cost for Army boss Gary Stevens, who will be hoping goalkeeper Hassan Sunny did not pick up a serious injury.

The Singapore international, who kept a clean sheet in his debut against Navy last weekend, was looking in good shape until he appeared to hurt his left shoulder after bravely diving at the feet of an opponent, and had to be replaced by Kosin Hembut.

Over at the PAT Stadium, newly-promoted Saraburi fell to defeat for the second week running after being beaten 2-1 by Port.

The hosts broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when Hironori Saruta found space down the right and raced into the box, before rifling a shot past Pisan Dorkmaikaew’s despairing dive.

But in the 70th minute, Saraburi looked to have done enough to earn a valuable point when Tanongsak Promdard netted on the rebound, following a fierce effort from Bernard Henri that opposition keeper Adisak Duangsri could only parry back in to the danger area.

Nonetheless, with five minutes left on the clock, Suradeg Saotaisong drilled a low shot into the bottom corner after a corner had fallen into his path to win it for Port and see off the Warlords’ brave challenge.

Finally, Bangkok United and Ratchaburi played out a 0-0 draw at the Thai-Japanese Stadium, which means both sides are yet to taste defeat in the new season.

Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results

TOT 1-2 Army United

Bangkok United 0-0 Ratchaburi

Muangthong United 1-1 Buriram United

Port 2-1 Saraburi


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