Buriram United back in the hunt with Cerezo Osaka triumph

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Buriram United got their 2018 AFC Champions League campaign back on track on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Cerezo Osaka in Group G.

It took the Thunder Castle just two minutes to break the deadlock when Andres Tunez got in ahead of opposition keeper Kenta Tanno to flick Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri’s corner into the back of the net.

With Cerezo fielding a relatively understrength side, the hosts soon gained a stranglehold on the contest and were the likelier of the two sides to net again.

And, nine minutes into the second half, they got the goal to seal maximum points when a fantastic cross by Jakkaphan Kaewprom was met by Edgar Silva with an excellent header into the bottom corner.

Nonetheless, the win was slightly tarnished with 14 minutes to go when Buriram captain Jakkaphan was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Still, with four points now to their names at the halfway point of the group stage, the Thai League 1 champions have given themselves every chance of qualifying for the Round of 16.

BURIRAM UNITED: Siwarak Tedsungnoen, Pansa Hemviboon, Andres Tunez, Yoo Jun-soo, Pravinwat Boonyong, Narubadin Weerawatnodom, Ratthanakorn Maikami (Supachai Jaided 90’), Jakkaphan Kaewprom, Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri, Supachok Sarachat (Sasalak Haiprakhon 79’), Edgar Silva (Anon Amonlerdsak 90+4’).

CEREZO OSAKA: Kenta Tanno, Noriyuki Sakemoto (Kakeru Funaki 78’), Teruyuki Moniwa (Eiichi Katayama 57’), Tatsuya Yamashita, Yusuke Tanaka, Daichi Akiyama, Kazuya Yamamura, Atomu Tanaka, Hiroto Yamada (Mizuki Ando 87’), Hirofumi Yamauchi, Yang Dong-hyun.

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