Friday, March 8, 2013

Sisaket 1-2 Muangthong United

Teerasil's 92nd minute winner earned a hard fought 2-1 win for Muangthong United at Sisaket.

Sisaket set their stall out to sit deep while at the same time allowing Muangthong's back 3 unchallenged possession in their own half.

After only eight minutes, that plan took a severe beating when Adnan Barakat unleashed a peach of a strike with his left foot past Pusit in the Sisaket goal. The opening goal came after a sustained spell of Muangthong possession.

The pattern of the match continued with the visitors stroking the ball around patiently with the hosts digging in playing chase ball.

Muangthong could have been two up on 24 minutes, but the linesman thought otherwise. Datsakorn split the Sisaket back 4 to release Piyaphon whose low cross was chested in by Linz. Replays show that Linz may have used his arm but the assistant referee made an incorrect call initially by flagging Piyaphon offside.

The injured Panupong had to be replaced by Thritti on the 28th minute for Muangthong, and seconds later Weera was picking the ball out of his net. A through ball from midfield found a suspiciously offside looking Kittirach who stroked the ball past the advancing Weera to level for Sisaket.

Sisaket were second best for most of the first half, but most importantly for them the scoreline was 1-1 going into the break.

After the interval, clear cut chances were hard to come by and it began to look increasingly likely that the next goal would be the winner.

Teerasil was thwarted twice by Pusit before Datsakorn was furiously kicking the post midway through the half after he slid an effort wide infront of an open goal.

With six minutes left, Weera had to race from his box to head clear after Muangthong's high back line had been caught out by a long ball.

At the other end, Teesasil's strike from a tight angle hit the outside of the post as injury time loomed.

Muangthong's persistence paid off when they hit the winner in the 92nd minute. Dagno's long chip from the right was nodded back across goal by Naphat to Piyaphon. His header bounced off the underside off the bar and Jan Marcin's attempted clearance was bundled home off a combination of Teerasil's face and arm.

On the balance of play, a 2-1 scoreline was fair although some might have sympathy for Sisaket as they possibly deserved a point for their effort and robust defensive display. Muangthong still aren't firing on all cylinders but a brace of 2-1 victories ensure that they'll end this round of fixtures on a higher points total than Buriram United, Chonburi and BEC Tero.

Man of the Match: Dagno Siaka - Energetic performance

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