Inside Siam: Thai Premier League Round 21

After the departure of FC Barcelona the spotlight falls back on the Thai top flight
This week's TPL featured two giants colliding for the second time this campaign and with many others fixtures ending in draws. With the Catalan fever having faded and amidst the fevered competition for the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) Presidential post, these fixtures served as a welcome distraction for football fans.

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Army United 3-2 TOT SC
Nipol Kamthong 47', Björn Lindemann 90+2', 90+4' | Bas Savage 33', Somchai Singmanee 70'

Lindemann's showing in the closing stages hoisted Army United to a dramatic win. The fifth-placed Gentlemen Rangers welcomed TOT to their home turf. The visitors slotted home first through a counter-attack. Army tied it early in the second-half from Nipol before another counter-attack would put TOT back in the lead from Somchai midway through the second quarter. The home supporters were relieved when Lindemann's deflected shot levelled the game in the final minutes. But that was not the end as a stunning free kick from the same man would give the home fans a happy ending.


Samut Songkhram FC 1-0 Chainat FC
Porawat Siriwattanakorn 60'

Samut Songkhram who are in the danger zone in the standings kept their survival hopes alive as they fought and gained three important points this week. The sole goal of this match came 15 minutes into the second-half as Shaka Bangura delivered the ball from the back to Porawat to smash home the winner.


Chonburi FC 1-0 Bangkok United
Suttinan Phuk-hom 29'

The Sharks bombarded their opponents throughout but converted just once. Close to the half hour mark, Juan Quero's free kick was misheaded by Fodé Diakité, however, Anucha diverted it back for Suttinan to convert.


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Buriram United 1-1 SCG Muangthong United
Osmar Ibáñez PEN 58' | Mario Gjurovski PEN 63'

The highlight of the week was the battle between the two top teams in the table. The big match was dominated by penalty kicks as both teams cancelled each other out in this enthralling encounter. The first goal occurred close to the hour mark when Artit Daosawang fouled Surat Sukha inside the box and Osmar stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. Not long after, Buriram also conceded a penalty of their own when Tanasak Srisai's nudge sent Mario Gjurovski down to the ground. The Macedonian international stood up and executed a deft finish to tie the match. The game ended on a strange and sour note as Theeraton Bunmathan received a red card after the final whistle for protesting with the referee for not allowing more injury time to be played. Buriram still sit at the top of the table with 48 points, three more than Muang Thong. 



Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC 3-0 Pattaya United
Douglas Cardozo PEN 20', Jhon Obregón 56', José Luis Cordero PEN 67'

Goals from each of the three foreign players ensured a comfortable win for The Dragons. Ratchaburi received a penalty in the 20th minute when Theerayut Duangpimy hauled down Douglas Cardozo who promptly converted the penalty to open the scoring. Pattaya's situation went from bad to worse as Theerayut was once again involved in an ugly situation as his terrible tackle earned him a second yellow card and his marching orders. Using the one man advantage, the home side punished the visitors with Jhon Obregón who converted from Eakarak Thonghkit's set-up. Ratchaburi grabbed their third goal from a second penalty with José Luis Cordero converting this time.


BEC Tero Sasana 1-1 Suphanburi FC
Decha Sa-ardchom OG 80' | Suphot Wonghoi 83'

BEC's new head coach José Alves Borges, debuted match in the dugout resulted in a tie game against fourth place Suphanburi FC. The stalemate was broken ten minutes before the final whistle as Rangsan Viwatchaichok's free kick deflected Decha Sa-ardchom into his own net. The lead was short lived as three minutes later Suphot Wonhoi would equalize for the visitor, hence, concluded with this final scoreline.


Chiangrai United 0-0 Songkhla United

A scoreless game as Songkhla traveled up north to the other side of the country to steal a point from another relegation threaten team, Chiangrai United.



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Osotsapa M150 Saraburi FC 0-0 Bangkok Glass FC

Osotsapa would rue their chances as they could not use their home advantage to topple the Rabbits. The match ended with a point each for both sides.