SCG Muangthong United lost a difficult match against local rivals Bangkok United, a game that the Kirin dominated, but with VAR calling back one goal, fans and players alike found their efforts frustrated.
Injuries to key players Adisorn Pomrak, Daisuki Sato, and Willian Popp, put a significant dent in the starting line up, with Coach Gama looking to fill the slots with some of the youngsters moved into the first team this season, such as Weerathep Pomphan and Sorawit Panthong.
The first half was to end with Bangkok United leading 1-0, despite Muangthong United having more than twice the number of shots and the lion's share of possession. A pattern that continued throughout the match.
Both teams were to have good scoring chances in the half. Bangkok United were denied by Kirin keeper Dang Van Lam who made a fine stop on Vander Luiz who had beat defender Lucas Rocha to the ball.
Muangthong United had several good chances at goal, firing shots repeatedly only to have them blocked or saved, including an attempt from Derley charging to the near post but his shot knocked clear.
Yet Bangkok United were allowed to open the scoring when Anon Amornlerdsak advanced unchecked towards goal and hit the ball past a waiting Dang Van Lam.
Muangthong kept up their pressure, however, and seemed to have the equalizing goal when Sardor Mirzaev out maneuvered two defenders to get the shot away in a fine finish. Once again, however, VAR was to affect the outcome of a match for Muangthong United, as the goal was disallowed.
The Kirin began the second half with the same intensity and pressure. Derley was very nearly on the scoresheet at 50 minutes when his shot off Wattanakorn's cross hit the post and came back out for a defender to clear.
Derley and Saharat were relentless in pressuring the Bangkok United defense deep into their own end. The hard work paid off at the 60th minute, when Everton's pass back to his keeper was off target and rolled into the net. The own goal was eventually charged to keeper Michael Falkesgaard for not being able to control the pass back.
Yet Bangkok United were able to go ahead once again just 10 minutes later when Thossawat hit the low shot from distance through the crowd after a corner kick had been cleared. It was a shot Dang Van Lam was not able to see and get to in time.
Said Coach Gama after the match, "A good quality game, from both teams, and we're very disappointed, as we played very well and deserved the 3 points, but sometimes in football it's not about who deserves the points, but who scored the goals. We played better, created many chances, but the goal didn't happen."
SCG Muangthong United will be in action again in just a few days time when they travel to play Rayong FC, and the next home match is set for Sunday March 1st against Chonburi FC.