BEC Tero and Buriram shared the spoils as they drew 1-1 at the 72nd Anniversary Stadium.
Buriram had a great chance to take the lead on five minutes after Patino gained possession following sloppy play by Nattaporn. However, the Filipino international hurried his chip from the edge of the box and it sailed over the bar with Sujin in the Tero goal stranded in no man's land.
Five minutes later though, the guests did take the lead following more unconvincing BEC defending. A trademark Theerathon free kick was whipped into the box to Carmelo at the back post who was left with the simple task of knocking the ball into the empty net.
The Fire Dragons first shot of note came in the 23rd minute when Sivaruk saved smartly from a Cleiton Silva volley.
Two minutes later Sho Shimoji had the ball in the net for the home side but it was ruled offside. TV evidence showed that the Uzbek linesman called it wrongly as the Japanese player was clearly onside.
The pressure was mounting from Tero and moments later Sivaruk did just enough to knock a dipping shot from Tanaboon wide of the post.
Buriram did eventually weather the mini-storm from the hosts as the half ended with the Thunder Castle leading 1-0.
The first chance after the break came on 54 minutes with Patino flicking a Jirawat free kick inches past the post.
Three minutes later, BEC Tero levelled when a shot from just outside the box by substitute Chanatip took a slight deflection off Osmar and spun over Sivaruk into the net.
Ekkachai could have quickly restored the lead for Buriram but his left footed effort from a tight angle missed the target while Carmelo from a similar position blazed over.
Sarif almost made an instant impact for the hosts when he was introduced midway through the second half, but he hit a free header into the ground and over the bar following a cross from the left.
With 13 minutes left, Buriram were reduced to 10 men after Suchao was given a second yellow following a collision with an advancing opponent.
In the closing stages both sides had a couple of half chances, but at the end a 1-1 draw was a fair result. Buriram will probably be happy with the point considering they've played two games in 48 hours and that they finished the game with 10 men. Yet at the same time, they'll be disappointed that they couldn't get that win to climb above Muangthong to the top of the league.
BEC Tero move up to 5th, but lag six points behind Chonburi in 3rd. The target of new coach Rena Desaeyere will be to close that gap, but finishing 4th seems to be their realistic destination at this moment in time.