Buriram United welcomed Sukhothai FC to the Chang Arena for week 25. In what was a surprisingly hard fought game Sukhothai FC managed to get a 1-1 draw away at Buriram, but were minutes away from leaving with all three points.
Sukhothai FC did well early on to minimise the amount of chances that Buriram United could create. In doing so they were able to take the lead on the break in the 22nd minute. John Baggio twisted and turned on the left hand side before crossing to Joël Sami who headed off the post. As the ball rolled out of the area Iain Ramsay fired in a rocket shot into the roof of the net.
Sukhothai FC continued to stifle Buriram’s attack throughout the rest of the first. Buriram were forced to take long range shots with their best chance of the first half coming in the 46th minute. Centre back Pansa Hemviboon fired a low drive from long range which gave keeper Kittikun Jamsuwan a slight issue, requiring two efforts to retrieve the ball. However, there was very little chance of the effort going in.
In the second half Buriram United came out playing much better and creating more chances. They should have equalised in the 79th minute when Sasalak Haiprakhon was able to dispossess Iain Ramsay in the box before playing in Nacer Barazite. Seemingly through on goal and with only the keeper to beat, a last ditch Yanto Basna tackle stopped Barazite from shooting, while Sasalak Haiprakhon skied his shot following the tackle.
Just as it looked like Sukhothai FC would be going home with all the points, Buriram managed to win a penalty in the 91st minute. As a long ball was played into the box, Barazite cushioned a header for Pansa Hemviboon, whose half volley was blocked by South Korean midfielder Jung Myung-oh. The referee saw that the effort had struck Jung Myung-oh’s hand, though on second viewing it did seem slightly harsh. Jung was standing right next to Pansa when he shot seemingly having very little time to react, though it could be argued that his arm was in an unnatural position. Andrés Túñez cooly converted the spot kick as per usual.
Both teams would leave the game with a point, with Sukhothai FC likely to be the happier out of the two sides. Buriram just did not get up and running today and could not play their usual flowing football, while Sukhothai FC were well organised and took advantage.
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