2019 Thai League Week 23: Port FC Vs Muangthong United

High flying Port FC hosted Muangthong United in arguably the biggest game of the weekend in the Thai League. In most seasons it would be Muangthong United that would be the favourites, however fortunes have shifted and Port FC currently one of the league’s best sides.

Munagthong United started slightly better, fashioning a couple of half chances which were all snatched over the bar from Brazilian striking duo Derley and Heberty. As the game developed, Port FC become more settled and started asserting themselves more on the game.

Port FC had by far the best chance of the first half, and should have taken the lead in the 35th minute. As the ball was played across the Muangthong United box, it had somehow evaded all the defenders. Brazilian striker Josimar turned up inside the six yard box and somehow scooped the effort over the bar when it looked more likely that he would bury the effort.

Port FC came out in the second half the better team and took the lead in the 59th minute. Spanish playmaker Sergio Suárez received the ball out wide and he was able to pick out Sumanya Purisai in the box for him to score.

Little else was created by either teams in terms of chances, until the 89th minute when Port FC sealed the three points. Josimar had closed down and won the ball from Adisak Kraisorn, who lingered too long in possession. He then proceeded to fire a powerful shot past keeper Đặng Văn Lâm. The emphatic celebration showed just how much the goal meant to Josimar who is still finding his form after returning to the club.

The three points are important to Port FC as they maintain their chase on the leading pack. While the loss for Muangthong may not be ideal, but will have little reproductions as their recent form has meant that they have pulled away from the relegation zone.

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