Buriram, BEC Tero to meet in Thai League Cup final

Buriram United remain on track to win a fourth consecutive Thai League Cup title after progressing to the final with a 3-1 aggregate win over Ratchaburi in the semi-finals.

Entering Wednesday’s clash at the Dragons Arena leading 1-0 from the first leg, Buriram opened the scoring just before the break when Andres Tunez met Theerathon Bunmathan’s freekick and out-jumped opposition keeper Chayoot Nakchamnarn to score with a towering header.

And in the 73rd minute, the contest was effectively over when the Thunder Castle doubled their tally on the night; Suchao Nutnum finding Carmelo Gonzalez at the near post with a corner and the Spaniard coolly sent a looping header into the back of the net.

Ratchaburi did manage to pull one back in the 80th minute when Heberty sent Sivaruck Tedsungnoen the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Suree Sukha had committed a clumsy foul inside the box.

But the visitors were able to hold out for the win, although their evening was marred by ugly scenes six minutes from time when Carmelo was controversially shown a second yellow for kicking a water bottle that was by the sidelines, and had to be restrained by Suchao and team officials as he furiously attempted to confront the referee.

Standing in wait for Buriram in the final are BEC Tero Sasana, who came from behind to beat Nakhon Ratchasima 4-2 at the 5th December Stadium to claim a 5-2 win on aggregate.

It had been the Division 1 League outfit who opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Malek Yawahab cleverly turned Narubodin Weerawatnodom inside the area, before netting with a sublime lob.

And five minutes later, it was 2-0 when Sarawut Janthapan latched onto a clearing punch by Todsaporn Sri-reung with a clinical first-time volley into the back of the unguarded net from all of 25 yards.

However, Korat were dealt a real blow in the 42nd minute when Ivan Boskovic needlessly got himself sent off, and the visitors made it 2-1 on the stroke of halftime as Narubodin poked home a loose ball from a yard out after Radomir Dalovic had helped the ball on into his path.

Three minutes after the hour mark, BEC Tero edged ahead on aggregate once more after Gilbert Koomson beat the offside trap and raced through down the right, before slotting through the legs of Kampol Pathom-attakul.

Still, the Fire Dragons refused to let up and Otman Djellilahine added another in the 72nd minute as he met Rangsan Viwatchachok’s cut-back down the left and lashed a shot into the roof of the net.

The rout was completed seven minutes later when Kampol came off his line but was caught in no man’s land after Koomson’s right-wing cross looped into the air after taking a deflection, allowing Dalovic to nip in and plant a header home.

To add insult to injury, Nakhon Ratchasima finished the game with nine men after Chalermpong Kerdkaew was also handed his marching orders, compounding a miserable day for the hosts that initially promised plenty.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg Results

Nakhon Ratchasima 2-4 BEC Tero Sasana (2-5 on aggregate)

Ratchaburi 1-2 Buriram United (1-3 on aggregate)

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Buriram, BEC Tero edge ahead in League Cup semi-finals

Buriram United have one foot in the final of the Thai League Cup after claiming a 1-0 win over Ratchaburi in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

The only goal of the game at the New I-Mobile Stadium came in the 19th minute, when Venezuela centre-back Andres Tunez popped up at the other end to net with a header.

Any hopes Ratchaburi had of a late comeback were effectively ended when they were reduced to ten men seven minutes from time, although they remain very much in the contest with the second leg to be played in a fortnight.

In Wednesday’s other last-four clash, ten-man BEC Tero Sasana overcame a numerical deficit to defeat Nakhon Ratchasima 1-0 at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, the Fire Dragons were dealt a real blow when Peerapat Notechaiya was sent off in the 76th minute for slapping an opponent.

However, with five minutes left on the clock, Gilbert Koomson struck a winner to hand BEC Tero the slimmest of leads on aggregate.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Semi-final First Leg Results

Buriram United 1-0 Ratchaburi

BEC Tero Sasana 1-0 Nakhon Ratchasima

Buriram edge Muangthong; BEC Tero into League Cup semis

Buriram United left it late to beat Muangthong United 1-0 in the second leg of their Thai League Cup quarter-final tie and book their place in the last four on Wednesday.P

Having played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, it looked as though extra-time – and potentially penalties – would be required at the SCG Stadium as both sides struggled to find the breakthrough.

But with a minute left on the clock, the deadlock was finally broken after Muangthong defender Artit Daosawang could only clear Nattawut Sombatyotha’s cross into the path of Carmelo Gonzalez, who sold Kim Dong-jin a dummy before lashing the winner into the back of the net.

BEC Tero Sasana, who are the only side still yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, are also through to the semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Bangkok Glass at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium was enough for them to complete a 1-0 aggregate triumph.

Following a goalless first half, the decider arrived in the 55th minute when Gilbert Koomson broke free down the right and crossed to Naruphol Ar-Romsawa, who cheekily let the ball roll between his legs before flicking it into the bottom corner.

Meanwhile, Ratchaburi are also through despite a 1-0 defeat to PTT Rayong at the PTT Stadium, having done enough in the first leg to claim a 3-2 win on aggregate.

The Oil Millionaires took the lead a minute before the break when Nattapon Woratyanan received the ball on the edge of the box, and proceeded to rifle an excellent effort past Chayoot Nakchamnarn.

However, the hosts were just unable to find the second goal that would have seen them advance as Ratchaburi held out for their place in the final four.

Finally, Nakhon Ratchasima struck a vital goal at the death to beat Chainat 4-3 on aggregate, even though they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Khao Plong Stadium on the night.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Chainat took the lead in the 21st minute when Phanuwat Jinta pounced on a loose ball inside the area before blasting a shot on the turn into the back of the net.

And a minute before the hour mark, it looked as though the hosts were going to progress on the away goals rule after the opposition’s failure to clear a corner allowed Seon Power to stab their second goal home from close range.

Nonetheless, in the 90th minute, Satoshi Nagano met a right-wing freekick with a towering header that crept in at the far post to send Nakhon Ratchasima through to the semis.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Quarter-final 2nd Leg Results

Chainat 2-1 Nakhon Ratchasima (3-4 on agg.)

BEC Tero Sasana 1-0 Bangkok Glass (1-0 on agg.)

Muangthong United 0-1 Buriram United (0-1 on agg.)

PTT Rayong 1-0 Ratchaburi (2-3 on agg.)

Buriram held by Muangthong in League Cup quarters

Defending champions Buriram United wasted a host of good chances as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Muangthong United in the first leg of the Thai League Cup quarter-finals.

It was Buriram who got off to a brighter start at the Thunder Castle Stadium and threatened for the first time after ten minutes; Javier Patino turning the ball towards goal with a bullet header that forced Kawin Thamsatchanan into a flying save.

The visitors were then lucky to escape a penalty – and potentially a red card – three minutes after the half-hour mark when Patino appeared to have been barged over by Dagno Siaka as he was about to break through, although the referee was not impressed and waved play on.

Kawin was called into action once more on the stroke of halftime when he made another smart stop to keep out Anawin Jujeen’s snapshot from just outside the box, before the Thunder Castle had another penalty appeal turned down in the 61st minute after Adisak Kraisorn’s attempted cross looked to have been deflected clear off Siaka’s hand.

But two minutes from time, it was the Twin Qilins who came closest to stealing the win when Sarawut Masuk charged through down the right but Sivaruck Tedsungnoen did brilliantly to tip his shot onto the post, leaving the tie evenly poised ahead of the second leg on July 2.

Over at the Leo Stadium, there was also no separating Bangkok Glass and BEC Tero Sasana as both sides played out a 0-0 stalemate.

In an evenly-contested encounter, the Fire Dragons had the first sighting at goal in the ninth minute when Tanaboon Kesarat sent a 30-yard drive inches over the bar.

The hosts responded nine minutes later when Piyachart Tamaphan lined up a freekick on the right wing and went straight for goal, but Todsaporn Sri-reung was alert to the danger and tipped his dipping effort over.

BEC Tero then wasted an excellent chance to edge ahead on the half-hour mark after Georgie Welcome beat the offside trap and raced through, only to fire straight at Narit Taweekul.

The best chance of the second 45 did fall the way of the Glass Rabbits but Todsaporn was not to be beaten as he kept out Darko Tasevski’s long-range freekick at full stretch, leaving both sides to settle for a draw.

Over at the Dragons Arena, Ratchaburi claimed a healthy aggregate lead in their all-Premier League clash with PTT Rayong after recording a 3-1 win.

Sila Srikampung fired them ahead seven minutes before halftime when he found space inside the box and squeezed his shot past Bunjong Thongsuk at the near post.

Right on the hour mark, another error from Bunjong saw the visitors fall further behind as he fumbled a routine catch to allow Heberty’s 35-yard freekick to end up in the back of his net.

13 minutes from time, Ratchaburi went on to wrap up the win when Juan Quero marked his debut with a goal; running onto Heberty’s through-pass before stroking the ball into the bottom corner.

PTT did however keep their hopes of a second-leg comeback alive as they pulled one back deep into injury-time, after Rufinho Sanchez met Narongchai Vachiraban’s freekick with a deft header that squirmed under Chayoot Nakchamnarn and over the line.

Finally, Division 1 League outfit Nakhon Ratchasima continued their giant-killing ways with a 3-1 triumph over top-flight opponents Chainat at the 5th December Stadium.

Metee Taweekulkarn put the hosts ahead a minute before halftime when he met a right-wing cross with a glancing header into the back of the net, but Chainat equalised in the 47th minute when Laksana Kamruen fired into the unguarded net when the ball spilled into his path after Kampol Pathom-attakul had halted Parinya Utapao’s charge into the box.

Nonetheless, Nakhon Ratchasima reclaimed the lead when Ivan Petrovic scored from the spot in the 74th minute, after Shota Koide had been crudely brought down inside the area by Sumanya Purisay.

And five minutes later, the Swat Cats strengthened their advantage ahead of the return encounter as they netted a third; Koide racing onto Petrovic’s slide-rule pass before chipping the ball over the onrushing Kritsakorn Kerdpol.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Quarter-final 1st Leg Results

Bangkok Glass 0-0 BEC Tero Sasana

Buriram United 0-0 Muangthong United

Nakhon Ratchasima 3-1 Chainat

Ratchaburi 3-1 PTT Rayong

Muangthong charge into League Cup quarters; Buriram advance

Muangthong United booked their place in the Thai League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 6-1 win over BBCU in their last-16 tie at the Nonthaburi Municipality Stadium.

It was the Pink Panthers who drew first blood after 14 minutes when Pachara Poomchart cleverly beat Dagno Siaka and raced through, before slotting past Witsanusak Kaewruang.

But eight minutes later, Muangthong equalised when Milan Bubalo latched onto Kasidech Wettayawong’s left-wing cross and skipped past a couple of challenges, before firing into the bottom corner.

Two minutes after the half-hour mark, Bubalo turned provider as he raced down the left and squared the ball to leave Chainarong Tathong with a simple tap-in, but they then had Witsanusak to thank for keeping them in front as he produced a fine stop after BBCU had been awarded a penalty following a foul by Artit Daosawang.

And the visitors edged further ahead in the 72nd minute when Sarach Yooyen slid in at the far post to convert a cross from Wuttichai Tathong, who then got in on the act two minutes later when he swept the ball home from close range after a good run and cross from Bubalo.

Seven minutes before time, the Twin Qilins added a fifth when Kasidech spotted the opposition keeper off his line and sent a sublime lob into the back of the net, before Bubalo rounded off the scoring in the final minute as he raced onto Weerawut Kayem’s glorious over-the-top ball and grabbed his second of the evening.

Defending champions Buriram United are also through following a 3-1 win over TTM Customs at the Lad Krabang 45 Stadium.

It took the Thunder Castle just six minutes to break the deadlock courtesy of an Adisak Kraisorn effort, before Tanasak Srisai made it 2-0 in the 50th minute.

Right on the hour mark, Anawin Jujeen added a third to put the result beyond doubt, although TTM did manage a consolation in injury-time.

Elsewhere, Bangkok Glass put their recent Thai Premier League troubles aside as they beat Phuket FC 1-0 at the Surakul Stadium courtesy of Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng’s 77th-minute winner, while BEC Tero Sasana beat Pattaya United 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium.

However, Chonburi had no such luck as they were defeated 2-1 by ten-man Ratchaburi at the Dragons Arena.

Veteran midfielder Therdsak Chaiman had fire the Sharks in front after nine minutes, only for Apiwat Ngaolahmin to equalise for the hosts in the 41st minute.

A minute later, Douglas Cardozo netted to put Ratchaburi in front and although the Brazilian was then sent off three minutes after halftime, his side were able to hold out for the win.

Chainat also booked their spot in the last eight after a Nikola Nikezic hat-trick propelled them to a 3-2 win over fellow Premier League outfit Osotspa Saraburi.

One top-flight club that had their scalp claimed by lower division opposition were Chiangrai United, who were beaten 2-0 by Division 1 League outfit Nakhon Ratchasima at the 5th December Stadium.

On-loan midfielder Sarawut Janthapan opened the scoring for the hosts in the 7th minute, before Adisak Hantes struck 12 minutes from time to make sure of the result.

Finally, PTT Rayong avoided an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Krabi as they progressed into the quarters with a 4-2 victory on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Wednesday’s Thai League Cup Round of 16 Results

BBCU 1-6 Muangthong United

Chainat 3-2 Osotspa Saraburi

Krabi 2-2 PTT Rayong (after extra-time, 2-4 on penalties)

Pattaya United 0-2 BEC Tero Sasana

Ratchaburi 2-1 Chonburi

TTM Customs 1-3 Buriram United

Phuket FC 0-1 Bangkok Glass

Nakhon Ratchasima 2-0 Chiangrai United

Thailand star Teerasil seals loan move to Almeria

Thailand international Teerasil Dangda will join Almeria at the start of the 2014/15 Spanish season, the La Liga club have confirmed.

Teerasil, regarded in recent years as the best striker in Southeast Asia, has spent the last five years with Thai giants Muangthong United, with whom he has won the Premier League title three times.

However, a move to Europe has looked on the cards in recent times especially after the 25-year-old first went on trial with Atletico Madrid at the start of last year.

Even though he did enough to earn a second stint with Los Rojiblancos recently, there was no word on whether coach Diego Simeone was keen on signing him on a permanent basis.

Nonetheless, the uncertainty over his future was ended on Wednesday after Almeria confirmed they had agreed a deal with Muangthong to sign him on loan, with an option for a permanent transfer.

Club CEO Jose Juan Bonillo and sporting director Alberto Benito will both fly to Thailand on February 18 to finalise details of the deal, it was confirmed on the club’s official website.

This marks Teerasil’s second foray into European football after he was one of three Thai players to sign for Manchester City when they were owned by Thaksin Shiniwatra, although he failed to make a single appearance for the Barclays Premier League side.

Almeria also claimed both City and Atletico were interested in Teerasil’s services, and described him as a “versatile attacker” who is capable of playing as the focal point in attack, a second striker, an attacking midfielder or on the wings.

“Teerasil Dangda has great quality, is fast, skilful and has great vision as well, which helps him make a lot of assists for his team-mates,” the club added.

The Bangkok native, who has scored 29 goals in 58 caps for Thailand, is likely to remain at the Twin Qilins for the first half of their 2014 campaign – which starts later this month – before moving to Spain.

Buriram edge Muangthong to claim Kor Royal Cup

Buriram United claimed their first piece of silverware in 2014 on Saturday after beating Muangthong United 1-0 to win the Kor Royal Cup.

The only goal of the game came in the 78th minute when new signing Jay Simpson netted for the Thunder Castle, which proved enough for the victory.

Having enjoyed a dominant year last term, where they won the treble of the Thai Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, Buriram entered Saturday’s game looking to begin 2014 in the same vein.

However, the match – the traditional curtain raiser to the new season – also provided the Twin Qilins the opportunity to state their ambitions for the coming year.

But although both sides looked lively early on, it was Buriram who had a golden opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute following a foul on Suchao Nutnum inside the area, only for Witsanusak Kaewruang to keep out the veteran’s effort.

Shortly before the break, the Thunder Castle had the ball in the back of the net via a Carmelo Gonzalez effort, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Looking to add a different dimension in attack, Buriram coach Alejandro Menendez then decided to bring Simpson on for Leandro Torres.

And the substitution proved to be a masterstroke 12 minutes from time when the ex-Arsenal man beat Artit Daosawang, before coolly firing past Witsanusak to win it for Buriram.