Suphanat Mueanta makes ACL history in Buriram defeat to Beijing

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

16-year-old Suphanat Mueanta became the youngest scorer in the history of the AFC Champions League in Buriram United’s 3-1 Group G loss to Beijing Guoan on Tuesday evening.

Beijing took just two minutes to open the scoring at the Chang Arena when Li Le whipped a dangerous ball into the six-yard box, paving the way for Cedric Bakambu to get in ahead of Pansa Hemviboon and guide a shot past Siwarak Tedsungnoen.

AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 0-1 Beijing Guoan – Cedric Bakambu (2′)

Bakambu struck again a minute before the half-hour mark as he latched onto Renato Augusto’s inch-perfect left-wing delivery to sweep a first-time effort into the back of the net.

AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 0-2 Beijing Guoan – Cedric Bakambu (29′)

The contest was then effectively over in the 54th minute when Bakambu completed his hat-trick, pouncing to score on the rebound after Siwarak Tedsungnoen had spilled a cross-shot by Augusto.

AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 0-3 Beijing Guoan – Cedric Bakambu (54′)

Nonetheless, there was to be a consolation for Buriram with ten minutes remaining as Suphanat – just five minutes after coming on – raced onto Luong Xuan Truong’s through-ball and clinically finished past Zou Dehai to become the youngest scorer in ACL history, eclipsing Takashi Usami’s previous record of 17 years and 14 days.

AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 1-3 Beijing Guoan – Suphanat Muenta (80′)

BURIRAM UNITED: Siwarak Tedsungnoen, Ratthanakorn Maikami, Andres Tunez, Pansa Hemviboon, Narubadin Weerawatnodom, Jakkaphan Kaewprom (Luong Xuan Truong 79’), Sasalak Haiprakhon, Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri (Apiwat Ngaolamhin 61’), Supachai Jaided (Suphanat Mueanta 75’), Supachok Sarachat, Pedro Junior.

BEIJING GUOAN: Zou Dehai, Wang Gang, Yu Dabao, Kim Min-jae, Li Lei, Chi Zhongguo, Zhang Xizhe (Lu Peng 90+2’), Renato Augusto, Jonathan Viera, Zhang Yuning (Wang Ziming 65’), Cedric Bakambu (Yu Yang 89’).