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SILVA HATTRICK - MTUTD 3, TOT SC - 0


SCG Muangthong United earned a confident 3-0 win over TOT SC at the SCG Stadium, With the win, Muangthong remain in 2nd spot but move within 1 point of league leaders Buriram United.

Coach Dragan Talajic, who had to watch the match from the stands along with the 6,503 fans present (due to a TPL ruling against him) decided to rest Mario Gjurovski and defender Naoaki Aoyama. Talajic instead made sure the 8 players that were part of the Thai National Team played, despite having been apart the last 40 days. The stats make it clear that this was a match dominated by MTUTD, with 57% possession and 14 shots, forcing the TOT keeper into 5 saves. Muangthong were often on the attack, with outer backs Piyaphon and Kim Dong Jin pushing forward to join the offense.

By the 40th minute the pressure gave Dong Jin was fouled in the box, and Cleiton Silva had his first goal on the penalty shot. The pattern continued into the second half, with Silva receiving excellent service allowoing him to pop in two other goals. "We've worked hard in practice, these 40 days, and when you work hard in practice you have confidence...now we're back on track," said Silva following the match. Head coach Dragan Talajic echoed Silva's words, "When you work hard in training...then you will see the results on the pitch." Mario Gjurovski and Naoaki Aoyama were eventually subbed in during the second half as fatigue and injury got the the better of the national team players, and an injury to Artit Daosawang that required him to be stretchered off. Follow-up x-ray and MRI scans at Bangkok Hospital will be done to determine the extent of his knee injury. SCG Muangthong United will play again Wednesday June 24th in Khon Kaen in a Chang FA Cup match. The next Thai Premier League match is Sunday June 28th at Chonburi, and the next home game will be the following Sunday, July 5th, vs. Army United.


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