Muangthong and Buriram battle to draw

Thai Premier League leaders Muangthong were held to a dramatic 1-1 draw by defending champions Buriram on a busy Wednesday night in Thailand.

Thai fans dressed in their very best.

By staff

Buriram showed no ill effects from being recently eliminated from the AFC Champions League and started the game brightly, with striker Frank Acheampong guilty of missing several good chances to open the scoring.

Muangthong goalkeeper Kawin Thamasatchanan was in exceptional form and made several smart saves throughout to keep his team in the entertaining game.

The constant pressure from Buriram finally paid dividends in the 55th minute, Suriya Domthaisong beating the offside trap to put the ball past Kawin and send the home fans in the new I-Mobile stadium into raptures.

However, Muangthong displayed their never-say-die attitude and snatched an equalizer at the death, Jakkraphan Pornsai heading the ball home from a Mario Djurovski free-kick to earn a point for the current pace-setters.

There was still time for further drama after the goal when Djurovski and Buriram's Jakkraphan Kaewprom were sent off following a clash.

Elsewhere, title chasers BEC Tero Sasana were left shell-shocked as they succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing by Esan United, a team who previously had only two wins to their name. Thana Chanabut scored in the 28th and 43rd minutes, Wuthichai Tathong added a third and Yai Nilawong put the icing on the cake for the hosts with a fourth in the 77th minute.

Third place Bangkok Glass also lost an opportunity to close the gap at the top, managing only a 2-2 draw away to Chainat. Chartree Chimtalay put the visitors in front after 50 minutes but it only took nine minutes for Lee Dong-wong to equalise.

The Glass Rabbits regained the lead through Teerathep Winothai in the 78th minute and must have thought victory was in the bag but Puwadon Suwannachart had other ideas, scoring in injury time to earn a point for Chainat.

At the Chonburi stadium, Chonburi managed to eke out a 2-1 victory over neighbours Pattaya United courtesy of goals from veterans Pipob On-mo and Therdsak Chaiman.

In another thrilling game, Osotspa M-150 Saraburi held on to beat battling TTM Chiang Mai 4-3 at the Saraburi stadium. TTM almost pulled off a miracle, scoring twice in injury time but there was not enough time for them to salvage a draw.

In the other matches on Wednesday, hosts Wuachon United edged Insee Police United 3-2, BB-CU drew 2-2 with Samut Songkhram, Army United beat Chiang Rai United 1-0 and TOT drew 1-1 with Thai Port.

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