Tuesday, May 15, 2012

AFC Group H - Buriram's AFC Adventure Ended

AFC Champions League - Group H
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-2 Kashiwa Reysol
Buriram United 1-2 Guangzhou Evergrande

Buriram United bravely bowed out of the AFC Champions League after losing 2-1 to Guangzhou Evergrande. Their fate was actually sealed 20 minutes into the contest when news filtered through of Kashiwa Reysol's 2-0 win in the earlier kick off in Jeonbuk. The South Korean side were thoroughly disappointing and goals from Leandro Domingues and Tanaka early in the second half ensured that the J-League champions progressed to the last 16.

The game in Buriram ended with Conca scoring a late winner from the spot for Guangzhou to ensure that the moved into the last 16 with Kashiwa Reysol. Gao Lin's breakaway opened the scoring for the away side on 49 minutes but the Thais levelled on midway through the half when Suriya capitalised on a defensive error. Both sides had chances but it was the late penalty that won the contest.

Even though Buriram didn't qualify, they'll have benefited from the experience of playing a higher calibre of opposition. Frank Achaempong was the star performer throughout and his performances will certainly have alerted the scouting networks of Asia and Europe.
It's now back to the bread and butter of domestic football for the Thunder Castle. With several catch up games to play, it's going to fully test Buriram's resources if they are to retain their TPL crown.

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