Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bangkok United 2-1 Suphanburi

Romain Gasmi inspired Bangkok United as they came from behind to beat Suphanburi 2-1.

United's coach Sasom Pobprasert would have been delighted with his French skipper's contribution yet he'll also be disheartened when he looks back at a couple of comically embarrassing moments that could have proved costly for his team.

The game came to life after the break and it was the away side who broke the deadlock on 56 minutes. With the ball sailing harmlessly out for a goal kick, BU's left back, Pollawat, decided to head the ball back across goal straight into the path of Emmanuel Nwachi who tapped it into a vacant net.

The home side responded seven minutes later with Gasmi's 30 yard free kick curling into the left side of the goal.

The captain was involved in the second goal as the same right peg provided the ammunition for Sompong to glance home a header from another free kick.

There was no late rally from Suphanburi despite the host's Gilson Dias receiving a red card in the dying seconds. The stretcher was twice called for the Brazilian in the final moments, and on the second occasion the referee red carded him for feigning injury. It was hilarious watching Gilson jump off the stretcher to remonstrate with the match official as the red card was produced.

The drama wasn't over as Dias appeared to gesture towards his own coach as he walked off the field. You have to wonder if Sasom will let him wear the orange colors of Bangkok United again.

For me, I feel Bangkok United will only achieve promotion if Gasmi stays fit as without him they look nothing special. Suphanburi have a big squad and are strong defensively, but they have strengthened their team with mainly aging players who will surely be commanding large salaries. Nonetheless, their depth of their squad should prove key to getting them over the finishing line.

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