The two leading clubs in the Thai League faced off in arguably Week 20’s biggest game. Current league champions Buriram United who are expectedly leading the league visited surprising title challengers Samut Prakan City FC at the Samut Prakarn SAT Stadium. However there was no fairy tale ending to this game, as Buriram United were able to comfortably beat Samut Prakan City FC 4-1.
The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams creating good chances early on. However it would be Buriram United who proved to be the more clinical side by taking the lead in the 20th minute. The goal came about when defender Jakkapan Praisuwan made a poor defensive header from a cross which fell to Buriram’s Suphanat Mueanta, who was afforded time to take a touch and curl the ball into the bottom corner. Keeper Supawat Yokakul managed to get a hand to the ball but would have felt he could have done better to keep the ball out of the net. The goal is proof on how 16 year old Suphanat Mueanta influence to the Buriram United team is growing with each game.
The game took a turn against Samut Prakan City FC in the 40th minute when centre back Sarawut Kanlayanabandit tangled with Nacer Barazite for the ball. As Barazite fell over, the referee adjudged that Sarawut stamped on Barazite which earned him a straight red card. It was difficult to tell from the replays if it was intentional but felt that the sending off was slightly harsh.
A few minutes later Buriram United took advantage of the opposition being down to ten men and having a whole in their defence by doubling their lead. Supachok Sarachat played a low cross from the left across the Samut Prakan City goal which was tapped in by Suphanat Mueanta for his second.
Straight after half time Samut Prakan City FC surprisingly rallied together to pull a goal back. Winger Chayawat Srinawong played a looping ball over the Buriram United defence to Brazilian forward Ibson Melo who had gotten round the back of defender Pansa Hemviboon. Ibson Melo then proceeded to fire a powerful shot from a tight angle into the roof of the net to give Samut Prakan City a goal.
After riding out a few dangerous attacks from Samut Prakan City FC, Buriram finally put the game to bed in the 71st minute. The always dangerous Supachok Sarachat received the ball out wide on the left. As he was running into the box he ignored the open Nacer Barazite to curl in the delightful goal. There was a Thierry Henry-esque style to the goal, that would not have looked out of place in the Premier League.
A few minutes later Buriram United were able to add salt to the wounds of Samut Prakan as they scored a fourth. This time they were gifted a goal from keeper Supawat Yokakul, who miss-kicked a clearance straight to Nacer Barazite leaving him one on one with the keeper. As Barazite neared the goal he rolled the ball with one foot to send the keeper the wrong way and slotted into an empty goal with the other to cooly finish off.
With this game Buriram United were able to reassert their dominance with their nearest rivals in the league giving a 2 point cushion from nearest rivals Chiangrai United. Samut Prakan City FC should not be disheartened as they held their own for most of the game and were only undone by a the sending off and a lack of clinical finishing.
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