Reigning champions Buriram United finally ended a run of three games without victory in the Thai Premier League after beating Sisaket 1-0 on Sunday evening.
After looking like they would be making a dominant start to the new season with a 2-0 win over Port, the Thunder Castle then went on to record three straight draws against Muangthong United, Suphanburi and Chonburi, who were all admittedly stern opposition.
Their run of disappointing results on the domestic stage was in stark contrast to their displays in the AFC Champions League, where they are currently top of Group F with seven points at the halfway stage following wins over Seongnam and Guangzhou R&F, as well as Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Gamba Osaka.
However, they finally got their league campaign back on track at the New I-Mobile Stadium on Sunday, although it initially looked as though they might be denied again after struggling to break down Sisaket for much of the game.
But with seven minutes remaining, Brazilian striker Diogo climbed highest inside the area and headed home a corner to hand the hosts maximum points.
With the victory, Buriram remain one of five sides still unbeaten in the TPL this season and climbed up to sixth spot in the process, although they remain four points behind joint-leaders Army United and Bangkok Glass.