In front of 10,000+ fans at the SCG Stadium SCG Muangthong United suffered their 2nd home defeat in a raw battle against Bangkok United.
SCG Muangthong United needed to rest key midfielder Chanathip and striker Adisak Kraisorn in the first half, both of whom had started in Sunday’s friendly between the Thai national team and South Korea. Muangthong, however, were strengthened with the return of Naoaki Aoyama to the starting 11, along with Mario Abrante in the centre back slots.
Bangkok United took an early lead at the 4th minute when Dechmitr's shot from distance took an odd bounce that caught Kawin by surprise.
Despite the early goal SCG Muangthong United were the better team for much of the match. The best chance in the opening 20 minutes came when Peerapat sent in a solid shot from just outside the box. Yet shortly after Kawin was forced into making two saves on close in attempts.
Muangthong United controlled possession well from the back line to the midfield, often connecting on a dozen or more passes. Yet once near the Bangkok United box struggled to finish.
At 26 minutes Teerasil’s attempted chip over the defender led to a handball, though Bangkok United’s Boskovic was no angel in his response to the referee and picked up a yellow.
An earlier free kick from a similar position by Sarach Yooyen had ended up in the keeper’s hands. The second time around Teerasil’s kick came off the wall, and Adisak’s following strike was just past the far post.
Shortly before the half time whistle it looked like Muangthong were to have the equalizer when Cleiton Silva was free of the defense for a header, but once again the ball was just wide of target.
By the end of the first half, despite being a goal down, Muanghtong United had dominated possession, had the most corners and free kicks, while Bangkok United were saddled with three yellow cards as they struggled to hold back the attacks.
The second half began with an explosion of chances, with former Muangthong United forward Mario Gjurovski hitting the cross bar. At only the 2nd minute of the 2nd half Adisak Kraisorn hammered in MTUTD’s first goal. Not 3 minutes later Cleiton Silva connected for his 3rd goal of the season to put the home side ahead 2-1.
Bangkok United were to have chances. 57 minutes in the chip shot by Boskovic was tipped past the post by Kawin in a reply of the kind of save attempt that had cost him the first goal.
After the flurry of goals MTUTD continued the pressure on Bangkok United. Shortly after 64 minutes Chanathip slide a pass forward for Teerasil who’s left footed shot was struck hard but within catching range of the Bangkok United keeper, Kittipong.
Another exciting chance came for MTUTD 73 minutes when Chanathip used his speed and agility to race down the left side, lifting a cross towards Teerasil.
Yet it was the former MTUTD forward who scored to equalise for Bangkok United. Mario Gjurovski scored art 78 minutes after the MTUTD defense were unable to close down the passes inside the box.
Bangkok United, again, despite not having the better share of the ball, went ahead at the 86th minute. Once again passes inside the box amongst the Bangkok United attackers allowed for a clear shot on net from Teeratip. Kawin was to get a hand on it and appeared to have the save, but the ball had enough momentum to carry on into the net.
SCG Muangthong United have now lost two matches in a row at home and head coach Totchtawn Sripan will no doubt be looking to mend the holes in the defense. The club will play their next match away to Raj Navy F.C.