|Leandro and Alves|
For 70 minutes today, this game was sailing along inconspicuously towards a goalless stalemate.
That changed with 20 minutes remaining when David Bayiha opened the scoring. As Kasetsart broke from defence, Bayiha lay pole-axed just outside the Bangkok side's box. The attack broke down and as Ratchaburi attacked, the striker still lay motionless in the box. Once the attack reached the penalty box, the injured player, just like the Eddie Murphy character in Trading Places, could miraculously walk again, and he rose to smash Hassan's cut back into the net.
|Time for a walk off|
Kasetsart's coach, Phanipol, knew his sides promotion hopes were evaporating and in desperation, he tried to pull his team off the pitch. The game was delayed for about 6 minutes until the beleaguered coach allowed his players to restart the game.
In my opinion, the referee was correct to award the goal as under the letter of the law, Bayiha wasn't interfering with play when Ratchaburi attacked, and by the time he got to his feet, he was onside. However under the rules of fair play, his actions were disgraceful!! He should have been ashamed of himself, but he seemed to celebrate his goal without any hint of remorse. On the other hand, Kasetsart should just have got on with the game rather than try to stage a walk off. It's pointless and childish!!
The action wasn't over as both keepers had to produce acrobatic saves to keep the game at 1-1 in the dying minutes.
Overall 1-1 was a fair result. Kasetsat have 7 games left and probably need 6 wins if they wish to secure promotion. It's looks doubtful as they seem to lack striking options upfront. Ratchaburi on the other hand, have decent strikers and I reckon they'll be good enough to finish in the top 2.