Buriram United hosted high flying Samut Prakan City FC in a very entertaining game at the Chang Arena for the Week 5 round of games. The home side were able to narrowly hold on to a 3-2 win against a very competitive Samut Prakan City team.
Unsurprisingly Buriram United started the game of dominantly playing a possession based game an controlling the tempo. They created a couple decent opportunities, most notably a Pedro Júnior effort which required a very good save from Samut Prakan keeper Patiwat Khammai.
Buriram United would go on to take the lead at a very opportunistic time right before the interval. During a counter attack midfielder Jakkaphan Kaewprom received the ball in the middle of the Samut Prakan half. He then turned and played a through ball to Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri. With the ball bouncing and surrounded by two defenders, Korrakot decided to lob the advancing keeper and give Buriram the lead.
In the second half it was more of the same with Buriram United asserting their dominance. They doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when Suphanat Mueanta received the ball in the box. As the 16 year old was crossing the ball Aris Zarifović slid in desperately trying to block the cross. Unfortunately for the Slovenian his arm was raised which blocked the cross resulting in a penalty. Pedro Júnior duly converted to make it 2-0.
In the 69th minute Pedro Júnior got his his second goal of the game as it looked like Buriram United were heading for a convincing win as expected. Supachok Sarachat played in a lobbed ball on the half volley which was met by Pedro Júnior who headed in. The Brazilian did well to direct the header towards goal and provide enough power to beat the keeper.
However, ten minutes later Samut Prakan City FC went against the script by unexpectedly pulling a goal back. Myanmar international Kyaw Ko Ko was able to pounce on a poor clearance and shoot into the top corner. Questions will be asked of Buriram’s keeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen as his poor position left a large gap on his right hand side.
Moments later Buriram’s Japanese international Hajime Hosogai was outmuscled in a dangerous position. Samut Prakan City FC broke quickly with Picha Autra showing a lot of pace to burst past two Buriram defenders. As Picha Autra entered the box he used his quick feet to cut inside passed Andrés Túñez before firing passed Siwarak at the near post. The goal meant that Samut Prakan City FC were only trailing by one goal but had momentum on their side. This lead to a very tense last ten minutes for Buriram United fans.
In the dying minutes a long ball was played to winger Chayawat Srinawong who somehow beat the offside trap set by the Buriram defence. As Chayawat was about to pull the trigger with only the keeper in his was, a last second diving challenged by Sasalak Haiprakhon was able to block the effort and save his team two points.
This was an important game for Buriram United as though they did not play at their best they were able to come away with the three points. The win would have felt even more sweet as their main league rivals Bangkok United dropped points. Brazilian striker Pedro Júnior appears to be hitting form after displacing ex-premier league striker Modibo Maïga from the starting lineup. Though Samut Prakan City FC did not come away with any points from this game they can be pleased with the performance. The club are still placed high up the table which would have surprised most critics who had them as relegation favourites before the start of the season.
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