Thai League 1: Buriram denied fifth straight win by Bangkok United

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Defending champions Buriram United’s perfect record in the 2018 Thai League 1 season came to an end on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bangkok United.

Buriram got off to a dream start at the Thammasat Stadium when Pansa Hemviboon scored with a deft header from point-blank range, after Yoo Jun-soo had flicked Sasalak Haiprakhon’s corner into his path.

However, it took the hosts just five minutes to level the scores when Teeratep Winothai was left unmarked inside the six-yard box to nod home a freekick from the left.

Bangkok United then took the lead in the 55th minute as Teeratep turned provider, laying a delicate pass into the path of Robson, who made no mistake in firing past Siwarak Tedsungnoen.

But, just two minutes later, an error by Manuel Bihr saw him completely botch a clearance attempt, paving the way for Edgar Silva to score what proved to be the equaliser.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Glass made it two wins in a row as they beat ten-man Chonburi 2-0, piling more misery on their struggling opponents in the process.

The Sharks were always going to have an uphill task from the moment goalkeeper Chanin Sae-ear was shown a straight red in the 22nd minute.

The numerical deficit finally took its toll five minutes after halftime, when Frederic Mendy broke free inside the box and finished into the back of the net.

And, three minutes from time, Matt Smith headed home from a corner to wrap up the three points for the Glass Rabbits.

Over at the Thupatemi Stadium, bottom side Air Force Central’s miserable start to the new campaign as they were beaten 2-0 by Pattaya United.

After spending much of the contest struggling to break through, Chayawat Srinawong finally put the visitors ahead in the 73rd minute, before Lukian struck five minutes later to seal the win.

Finally, Navy and Suphanburi played out a 0-0 draw at the Sattahip Navy Stadium.