Buriram United went into the game against Police Tero needing one point to be crowned champions. They made sure there were no slip ups by blowing the visitors away with a three-goal blitz inside the opening twenty minutes.
It was an excellent team performance with every single player outstanding and their eighth victory in a row confirmed them as worthy champions. The only downside to the evening was a disappointing 15,000 crowd.
It was interesting sitting in the press box and watching the pre-match warm-up. There was just something about the way the players looked and performed their usual drills. You could tell they were totally focused and any nerves I might have had completely disappeared.
Buriram made the perfect start, scoring the early goal they wanted in the 5th minute. Narubadin picked the ball up just inside the Tero half down the right. Diogo was outside him and the defence retreated expecting him to feed Diogo.
However, Narubadin drove forward before delivering a perfect low cross which left Coelho with the simplest of chances which he duly buried with a crisp,low finish.
The home side continued to attack and Narubadin had a shot cleared off the line before Buriram sent the crowd into raptures by going two up in the 12th minute. Following a patient build-up, the ball was eventually played through for Diogo to run onto before being felled from behind in the box.
It was a clear penalty with no complaints from the visitors. Diogo did the necessary from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way. Seven minutes later, it was game over.
Coelho timed his run to perfection and latched onto a long through-ball with a delightful first touch before lashing an unstoppable shot into the net. A superbly taken goal.
The Brazilian thought he’d completed another hat-trick in the 30th minute with another excellent finish but he was correctly flagged offside.
Two minutes later Tero created their first real chance but the ball flashed inches wide of the far-post with Siwarak beaten.
Back came Buriram and Suchao playing in an unaccustomed role wide left, cut inside and unleashed a screamer which clipped the crossbar.
Suchao was in the thick of the action again in the 38th minute when he played Supachok in with a superb pass but the youngster couldn’t quite get the ball completely under control and his shot was blocked.
Buriram left the field at the interval to deserved warm applause, knowing they were once again champions of Thailand.
Buriram replaced Supachok with Anon after the former had received a knock whilst trying to add the fourth goal.
The second-half continued in the same vein as the first and Diogo sent Coelho clear on goal down the left in the 56th minute but this time the finish was high and wide.
However, a goal duly arrived five minutes later when Suchao made good progress down the left before finding Diogo in the box. The striker was crowded out but the ball came back to Suchao who superbly curled a low,right-foot shot just inside the far post. A wonderful finish and one he richly deserved.
Buriram replaced Seul-Ki with Ratthanakorn but it did not affect their flowing football. It was nearly five in the 63rd minute when a good ball from the back set Anon free down the right.He got to the byline before pulling the ball back for Diogo to send a low shot inches wide.
Ratthanakorn picked up a yellow card for a late challenge in the 64th minute before he played Diogo in down the left in the 71st minute but as he advanced on goal, the angle was too tight and the keeper saved with his legs.
Six minutes later Diogo was denied again when he sent a curling right-foot shot arrowing towards the far corner of the net but the keeper flung himself to his left to turn the ball round the post.
Buriram introduced Supachai for Pansa immediately after before Anon was inches too high in the 83rd minute with a thirty-five yard thunderbolt. The youngster was then harshly shown a yellow card in stoppage time for time-wasting. 4-0 up?? Hmmm.
So a memorable night and a thoroughly deserved FIFTH title ! It got even better when news came through that Muang Thong had lost 2-1 at Ubon ! Happy days !
Next up is Bangkok United , away, on Sunday November 12, 6pm.