In front of 32,000+ Buriram fans, SCG Muangthong United came from a goal down to tie the match and take a point, with both teams at full strength and going into the match tied at the top of the table at the half way point in the season.
The first half saw 5 yellow cards issued, 3 of them to Buriram, as the game became the battle many expected it to be as these two giants of the Thai Premier League met. Buriram had the better share of possession, creating several corners and forcing Kawin into several saves. Diogo Luis Santo, Buriram’s striker and the TPL leading scorer, was denied several times, including one shot off the post.
Yet it was SCG Muangthong United to score the only goal of the first half. It came at 15 minutes when Teerasil, playing out wide on the right, considered a back pass, but then crossed the ball into the box. Mario Gjurovski got himself between two defenders and beat them to the ball, heading it past the Buriram keeper.
The first half was filled with classic moments of drama. Diogo almost caused a riot when he stomped onto Datsakorn’s foot after he had been taken down, leading to both players drawing yellow cards. Later in the match a collision with Muangthong keeper Kawin created a scrum of players in reaction.
The second half was where the story found it’s true drama. With both teams exchanging chances at goal, at the 60th minute Diogo was fed a pass across the goal mouth, however Thitipan was charging back and blocked the attempt, only to have the ball end up in his own net!
With the score tied at 1-1, the pace of the game sped up, and Buriram struck again at the 76th, this time earning the goal with a fine pass to Diogo who was left unmarked near the penalty spot, and such a defensive lapse was not going to go unpunished.
The true character of Muangthong was shown however, as they immediately went on the attack, and it was Thitipan who redeemed himself and the team by send a pass across to Cleiton Silva who found the net.
With the tie, both teams remain tied at the top of the TPL table, though Buriram has a slight lead on goal difference. For Muangthong, Dragan Talajic now has to plan on how to defeat the TPL’s other top team, Bangkok Glass, when they play MTUTD at the SCG Stadium next Saturday.