Buriram thrashed sorry Bangkok United in a one-sided contest at Thunder Castle. Macena hit a hat-trick and further goals from Diogo, Anawin and Seul-Ki completed the rout A superb, late free-kick was the only consolation for the visitors.
Buriram made the perfect start with a goal in the opening seconds. Bangkok gave the ball away in their own half and the ball was put through for Diogo to run onto. The Brazilian was felled inches ouside the area.
Theeraton hit the wall from the free-kick and the ball went out for a left-wing corner.When it came over to the near-post, Seul-Ki flicked on with his head for Diogo to head in from close-range.
Apart from a couple of corners, it was all Buriram and in the twelfth minute Diogo set Macena away down the right but his low cross was cleared. Macena then checked back only for his cross to be taken by the keeper.
After seventeen minutes Bangkok had a great chance to grab an unlikely equalizer. A left-wing cross was headed back across goal but Siwarak easily collected the attempted chip.
On the half-hour mark Diogo was bundled over just outside the right corner of the box but Theeraton sent the resulting free-kick straight at the keeper. Buriram were in complete control but were anxious to get the all-important second goal.
After thirty-eight minutes a towering Tunez clearing header sent Prakit clear down the left but the midfielder sent a dreadful cross into the crowd.Three minutes later Bangkok had a half-chance in the box but the ball was curled wide.
Three minutes from the interval Suchao sent a thirty yards free-kick straight at the keeper and a minute later Seul-Ki almost got to the ball when a defender tried to head the ball back to the keeper. The Korean was harshly booked for a foul on the extremely volatile stopper.
So Buriram went in at half-time fully deserving their slender advantage, though there was little to indicate the carnage that was to follow.
Buriram won a corner straight from the kick-off and Theeraton found Seul-Ki at the far post but the angle was too tight.A minute later Diogo sent Theeraton away down the left but his low cross somehow evaded two Buriram attackers in the box.
Then Macena found space in the area but his poweful shot was just too high. Buriram were now in full flow and when a free-kick was headed out to Seul-Ki in the fifty-third minute, the Korean was just wide with his first-time shot.
The second goal finally arrived two minutes later in rather bizarre circumstances. A Bangkok player chased a ball towards the touchline but inexplicably he stopped it from going out for a throw.
Namwiset came charging up from the back to collect the ball before finding Macena in acres of space with a superb pass. The Brazilian wasted no time in sending a low shot into the corner of the net.
Three minutes later Buriram added a third with a beautifully created and finished goal. Anawin played a neat one-two with Macena down the right before coolly lifting the ball over the keeper and rolling it in from a tight angle.
There was no stopping Buriram now and in the sixty-third minute they scored again. Diogo ran at the defence before firing in a shot which the keeper spilled straight to Macena who calmly took the ball round him before putting it into an empty net.
After sixty-four minutes Anawin was replaced by Naruebodin and three minutes later Buriram had the ball in the net again. A left-wing cross found Seul-Ki who sent a superp overhead kick into the top corner, only to be correctly ruled offside.
Suchau then hit the side netting before being replaced by Santirad in the sixty-ninth minute and Prakit was replaced by Surat four minutes later. Buriram then turned the screw by adding a fifth after seventy-five minutes.
Theeraton played a one-two with Macena before picking out Seul-Ki on the edge of the box and the Korean made no mistake with a firm,low shot into the corner.
Six minutes later it was six when Theeraton was put through down the left. He then picked out Macena with a perfect pass and the ball was in the net in a flash for the Brazilian’s fully deserved hat-trick.
Buriram had performed a ruthless demolition job on Bangkok United and the quality of the finishing was first-class. Howver, the goal-fest wasn’t quite over and Bangkok scored a consolation goal with a stunning thirty-five yard free-kick which left Siwarak clutching fresh air.
There was still time for Tunez to find Theeraton before charging upfield to collect the return pass, only for the keeper to make a good save.
You can’t argue with six goals and Buriram ran United’s fragile defence ragged.They are starting to look like they can score goals regularly which was not evident for much of the season.
Next up it’s the Champions League and Guangzhou from China are the visitors on Wednesday May 6th kick-off 5.15pm. Let’s hope for more of the same in a must-win game for Buriram.