Buriram scored the two goals they needed to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first-leg against Lanexang United from Laos in the Mekong Cup final.
It could easily have been more as Buriram attacked relentlessly from start to finish. Star of the show was new signing Coutinho who was a constant threat with his direct running and trickery. He’s only been here a few days but the Brazilian is already forming a potent partnership with Diogo, reminiscent of the Macena days.
There was no Tunez and Koravit was on the bench, something I find very surprising. However, apart from the odd breakaway, the defence had a night off, such was Buriram’s dominance.
It took a 36th minute penalty to make the breakthrough when Diogo beat the offside trap to race clear ,only to go down as he attempted to round the goalkeeper. Replays suggested that the keeper was unlucky as there appeared to be minimal,if any contact.
In all fairness, Buriram had already been denied two clear penalties so Lanexang could have no complaints. Diogo picked himself up to dispatch the penalty with ease to bring the tie level.
Buriram continued to pour forward but no further goals ensued before the interval.
The second-half continued in the same vein and Kanu shot straight at the keeper following a right-wing corner. However, Buriram were not to be denied and scored their second goal after 50 minutes.
When a cross came in from the left, it found Diogo who headed on to Narubadin to knock a delightful ball back to the edge of the area for Seul-Ki to hit a low shot which the keeper got to but could not prevent it entering the net.
Buriram did not allow the visitors to get back into the game as they continued to press, playing open attacking football. Seul-Ki was inches wide with a great header before a flowing move saw Diogo set up Coutinho with an easy chance but he fired wide from a great position.
This was a completely different Buriram from last week and although the quality of the opposition has to be taken into account, the speed and directness of the football was a joy to watch. Coutinho is going to cause teams MANY problems and will provide the ammunition for the prolific Diogo.
One statistic that did emerge last night is that Diogo has scored 61 goals for Buriram in only 54 matches. Remarkable.