Two title Thai League challengers clashed at the PAT Stadium as Bangkok United came away with a 1-1 draw with Port FC. The game’s importance was put into perspective as Port FC club and fans were mourning the tragic loss of five Port FC fans you sadly loss their life in a recent accident.
The visitors nearly took the lead in the 7th minute when the ball was played forward to Nelson Bonilla. Port FC keeper Watchara Buathong charged forward and clumsily knocked the ball into retreating defender Elias Dolah. The ball then fell to Bonilla with only an open goal in front of him. However somehow Elias Dolah managed to make a last ditch sliding tackle to knock the ball behind for a corner.
A couple of minutes later Elias Dolah was able to be the hero again as he rose highest to head Port FC into the lead from a corner.
In the 13th minute Bangkok United were able to equalise. The ball was once again played forward to Nelson Bonilla. However this time the El Salvador striker was able to turn Adisorn Daeng-rueng before poking the ball past the keeper for his tenth goal of the season.
For the rest of the game Port FC were the more creative side however they were unable to convert with Sergio Suárez proving to be particularly wasteful in front of goal.
The game ended on a sour note as many Bangkok United players felt that Nelson Bonilla was obstructed as he ran through on goal. As the play continued and possession was turned over many Bangkok United players made their unhappiness known to the referee. Manuel Bihr was physically held off by the referee while Sanrawat Dechmitr was sent off for comments he made.
The result would have been well received by Port FC as they ensured that they did not lose to a rival. In addition Port FC were able to keep their position on top of the table.
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