macedienaTwo goals from Brazilian striker Macena in the space of three minutes just before half-time were enough to give Buriram the points against Port in a 2-0 victory. The first-half performance was excellent and Buriram were good value for their win.

In the third minute Siwarak dealt confidently with a low shot to his left and shortly after Tunez had a header easily saved following a corner.Siwarak then escaped when his weak punch from a corner was scrambled clear.

Buriram almost took the lead in the tenth minute when Diogo chased down a ball on the right flank before picking out Seul-KI whose fine volley was acrobatically  turned over by the Port keeper.

After twenty-two minutes Diogo made a surging run which had the Port defence retreating but his shot was weak and well wide. Namwiset then had a well-controlled volley headed off the line , following good work by Prakit.

Another chance came and went when Tunez headed well wide when well-placed from a right-wing corner. Buriram were playing some good football and were dominating the midfield with their passing and movement.

However, they almost fell behind in the thirty-fifth minute when Port broke quickly down the left and Siwarak had to make an excellent block with his legs to deny the visitors the lead.

Buriram broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval when they produced a fine move down the left and Diogo picked out Macena with a pin-point cross which the Brazilian dispatched into the net with an excellent finish.

Macena almost repeated the dose a minute later but his goal-bound shot was blocked. He was not to be denied though when a flowing move saw Seul-Ki release him with a delightfully weighted through ball and Macena coolly clipped the ball past the advancing keeper.

Quality football all-round with the pass being complimented by the finish.So a good opening half for the home side who thoroughly deserved their two goal lead.

Immediately after the restart Diogo almost killed the game off when he turned inside a defender after a good move down the left, but his shot was well-saved by the diving Port keeper.

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Buriram were not looking as fluent as in the opening period and too many passes were going astray. Prakit did try his luck from distance after fifty-seven minutes but the keeper just got down to save his low shot.

On the hour mark Buriram put together a lovely move down the right which ended with Diogo just being unable to keep his flying scissors-kick down.Shortly after, Siwarak just got a fingertip to a fierce shot from Port substitute McGrath to turn the ball over.

After sixty-three minutes Buriram replaced Prakit with Yingyong and immediately after Seul-Ki sent a back-header onto the top of the bar from a left-wing corner. Ten minutes later Suchao was replaced by Suree.

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A minute later Tunez had a good header cleared off the line following a corner. With ten minutes to go Buriram sent on Vincent for Diogo. The Brazilian had been a threat throughout and looked fitter and sharper than in the friendly matches.

The game then exploded in the eighty-first minute when a Port player aimed a kick at Theeraton after a minor altercation. No contact was made but he was very lucky not to receive a red card.

Theeraton then went from saint to sinner when he appeared to elbow a Port defender in the face but inexplicably the referee took no action. This seemed to stir Port from their slumber and they began to trouble the Buriram defence.

A minute from time McGrath sent in a powerful header after good work down the right but Siwarak flung himself to his left to turn the ball round the post. In injury time Port again broke down the right and the in-rushing McGrath just failed to get a toe to the low cross, with the goal gaping.

So a satisfactory start. There were a number of positives, the biggest one was the performance of Diogo who ran tirelessly and caused Port plenty of problems. Macena was also a threat and took his goals superbly.

However, Port showed little real belief that they could get back into the game and Buriram will be facing far stiffer tests than this in the future. Notably, their next game against fierce rivals Muang Thong United.

This is an away fixture on February 21st and kick off is 7pm. Buriram start their AFC Champions League campaign against Seongnam FC on February 24th, home, 6pm.

 

 

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