Buriram turned in a dreadful performance against lowly Trang in the League Cup and only a refereeing howler kept them in the competition. Having missed a host of opportunities which took the game into extra-time, Yotsapon took out a Trang forward as he was through on goal.
It was a clear penalty and probably a red card but the referee took no action. What followed was nothing short of disgraceful as not one but SIX Trang players manhandled the official and all of them stayed on the pitch. This kind of behaviour cannot be condoned and the referee should be punished for allowing it to happen.
Diogo finally came to the rescue in extra-time to give Buriram a lucky 1-0 victory.
Buriram made several changes from the weekend but the team should have been more than capable of seeing off a team from Division 3, even on a dreadful pitch.
Buriram almost took the lead in the 7th minute when a free-kick was headed on by Herd for Diogo to hit a low first-time shot against the far post. Tunez’s follow-up was cleared off the line.
Herd picked up a yellow card for a stupid push on the goalkeeper in the 19th minute and Supachai netted in the 24th but was clearly offside. Supachai then turned provider three minutes later but Diogo made a complete hash of his right-wing cross with a poor header.
Next it was Jakkaphan getting clear down the right in the 35th minute, before turning inside a defender and placing a low shot wide of the far-post. Just before the interval, Sasalak was replaced by Osvaldo after he suffered what looks like a hamstring injury.
The home side had an early chance in the second-half but wasted it when through on goal. Then in the 52nd minute Narubadin was the victim of a horrendous tackle which should have been punished by a red card.
Trang had another good chance in the 66th minute when they were through on goal again, this time Yotsapon saved with his legs. Osvaldo had a shot saved in the 70th minute and a Diogo header from a left-wing cross in the 85th minute brought another good save from the home keeper.
Then deep into stoppage time Osvaldo made a great run down the left but his pull-back was inches behind the inrushing Diogo.
So it was extra-time and Buriram made a good start when Tunez sent in a header from a left-wing corner which again produced a good save from the keeper. Next it was Diogo again in the 95th minute but his well-struck thirty-yard free-kick was once again turned away by the keeper.
The game exploded in the 107th minute when Trang were through and Yotsapon came hurtling out and felled the attacker. It was a clear penalty and when it wasn’t given the referee was physically abused by angry home players.
When order was restored , Diogo raced away down the left and his low cross was met by Supachai at the near post but he shot wide. A minute later, Osvaldo did the same only this time Supachai missed the ball completely.
With penalties looming, Buriram finally broke the deadlock in the 113th minute. Diogo was brought down again and Osvaldo touched the ball back for Diogo to drill a low shot through the wall into the corner of the net.
We can safely say that Buriram got away with one here and leave it at that !
Back to the league on Saturday, July 14 when Ubon visit the Chang Arena, kick-off 7pm.