Buriram United may have been humbled 3-1 at home by Beijing Guoan in the AFC Champions League, but the Thai side certainly found a future star in the form of Suphanat Mueanta.
Buriram were lack-lustre in the first period of the game, and paid the price for some poor defending as Cedric Bakambu bagged two goals before the break, and one soon after to seal a memorable hat-trick.
But just when all hope seemed lost, Buriram decided to throw on young Suphanat Mueanta and it made all the difference. The 16-year-old came on and added some spark to the Thunder Castles’ attack, and managed to find a goal late on to send the home crowd into delirium.
It was a very smartly taken goal too, as Suphanat calmly slotted the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs and in doing so, made a bit of history.
AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 1-3 Beijing Guoan – Suphanat Muenta (80′)
It makes the Thailand starlet the youngest ever goalscorer in the history of the AFC Champions League, beating the likes of Takashi Usami and Fahad Al-Muwallad by scoring at just 16 years of age. This is to add to his existing record of being the youngest ever goalscorer in Thai League history at just 15 years of age.
In the win against Jeonbuk Motors last month, Suphanat became the fifth youngest player to appear in the AFC Champions League, and has now bettered that by scoring against Beijing and writing himself into the history books.