Thursday, July 4, 2013

Toyota League Cup (Last 8 First Leg Review)

Army United 1-0 Nakhon Ratchasima
Buriram Utd 1-0 Udon Thani
Ratchaburi 1-0 Chonburi
Rayong FC 1-1 Luk Tapfah

Army Utd, Buriram Utd and Ratchaburi all take slender 1-0 leads into the second leg while Rayong FC and Luk Tapfah shared a 1-1 draw.
With Udon Thani on the verge of pulling off a momentous 0-0 draw in Buriram, there was a floodlight failure after 87 minutes in the state of the art Thunder Castle stadium. The short delay knocked the regional league out of their stride, and in the 96th minute Chappuis fired home to spare the blushes of the current cup holders. The goal was awarded even though the ball appeared to come of Osmar's outstretched arm in the build up.

Times are tough for Chonburi at this moment and another flat performance saw them lose 1-0 at Ratchaburi. The Dragons had done very little before a Prayat breakaway in the 41st minute set up Saenee to score the only goal of the match. The Sharks had a couple of half chances after the break, but Ratchaburi held out to claim an important clean sheet.

A Ulrich Munze spill 14 minutes from time following a Lindemann free kick allowed Jung Mung Oh to edge Army Utd into a first leg lead. Korat struck the woodwork twice in the first half, but overall reports suggest that Army just about merited the 1-0 win.

Luk Tapfah would certainly have left Rayong happy with a 1-1 draw despite taking a first half lead through Rachan. Tankew Abzizou bulleted home a late header to keep the Wild Horses firmly in the tie. 

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