Seventeen Games Without Defeat Against Muang Thong

muang thongKeeping up their superb record against their arch-rivals, Buriram made it seventeen games in a row without defeat against Muang Thong.

In contrast, Muang Thong United  failed for the seventeenth time to beat their nemesis Buriram after a 1-1 draw in Bangkok.

They have never beaten Buriram in any competition and didn’t really look like ending their agony this time out either.

Buriram made the worst possible start by conceding a penalty after only eighty seconds. A harmless cross came in from the Buriram right and Theeraton inexplicably pushed the home striker in the back whilst challenging for the ball.

It really was a needless challenge and another example of Theeraton’s indiscipline, following on from last week when he was very fortunate to escape a red card for a flying elbow.

Mario stepped up to send Siwarak the wrong way from the spot and the usual over-the top goal celebration ensued.Sadly it’s something we’ve come to expect from Mario and he does himself no favours.

Muang Thong began to dominate possession and it was seventeen minutes before Buriram made any kind of threat on the home goal

A good move down the left saw Theeraton put in a low cross which the keeper just got to before the onrushing Diogo.

Muang Thong were playing some attractive football and Buriram were guilty of conceding far too many unnecessary free-kicks in all areas of the pitch. However, the defence was looking solid, with Tunez in command.

After thirty minutes Buriram put together a number of passes before Theeraton’s cross picked out the unmarked Diogo in the box but sadly the Brazilian was unable to control the ball and the chance was gone.

Two minutes later Seul-Ki almost grabbed the equalizer when he let fly from the edge of the area but his shot whistled past the post with the keeper beaten.

Buriram were in the ascendancy and came even closer in the thirty-ninth minute.

Prakit made good ground down the right before crossing for Seul-Ki to thunder a right-foot shot against the post, with the keeper left helpless once again. The move and finish deserved a better outcome.

Buriram had certainly finished the half strongly and despite Muang Thong’s possession, Siwarak had not been called into action once after the penalty. So it was still all to play for in the second-half.

Buriram went straight on the offensive and Macena had a good penalty claim waved aside when it appeared his leg was caught by a defender in the forty-sixth minute.

Shortly after Muang Thong responded with a shot that flew narrowly wide.

They had an even better chance on the hour mark when they worked a clear shooting opportunity but fortunately it was straight at Siwarak who saved comfortably.

There then followed a spell of Buriram pressure which brought about a deserved equalizer.

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First Diogo had a half-chance but was slow to react and failed to get in a shot. Then Prakit sent in a good effort which had the keeper pushing the ball aside to his right. The ball went straight to Diogo but the striker shot straight at the keeper.

But Buriram were not to be denied and levelled in the sixty-fourth minute. Theeraton very fortunately won the ball wide out left. He wasted no time in sending over a cross which bounced invitingly in the six-yard area.

Diogo launched himself at the ball and powered a diving header high into the net to send the traveling fans into raptures.

The home supporters however were silent and seemed resigned to yet another chance lost to beat the enemy.

Buriram went in search of a second and a great move down the left ended with Diogo putting in an  excellent cross but it managed to evade his supporting teammates in the area.

That was more or less the end of the goalmouth action,apart from a late Muang Thong free-kick which flew narrowly wide. Probably a fair result and one that Buriram would have taken before the game.

Buriram made a bad start to the game but to their credit they clawed their way back into it and when they regained their discipline and shape created the far better chances. The defence was sound throughout which is encouraging.

Macena was unusually quiet and Diogo was once again a willing runner. However, I don’t see either of them producing the twenty- plus goals that a top team requires from a striker.

Suchao was excellent in the midfield holding role, hardly wasting a ball and Seul-Ki was always a threat. So now it’s the Champions League on Tuesday. Should be an interesting night.

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