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Udon Thani close to a surprise; Thai FA Cup draw

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While midweek the first legs of the League Cup quarter finals were played, the draw to the round of last 16 of the Thai FA Cup was held on Monday.

In the League Cup quarterfinals this Wednesday four TPL-Teams, two second division teams and two teams from the Regional League have met in ties, who turned out to be low scoring affairs. Only five goals the spectators got to see all over the places. Of all teams, Regional League side Udon Thani FC, would have provided almost for the biggest upset against title holding Buriram United. Although some regulars were spared with Carmelo and Patino, it was a starting elven one would not easily call a second string or a team made of fringe players. At least, Osmar Ibanez could be found in the starting line-up as well as new signing Jesús Berrocal. With a lot of good fortune the underdog could hold on to a goalles draw till few second before the final whistle.

It was the 87' Minute with both sides haven't found the net so far, when the lights suddenly went out, obviously caused by rain and wind. In one of Thailand's best venues, incidentally. A stadium which is granted to stage internationals. The game resumed after several minutes and seven minutes of injury time where shown on the assistant referees board. And with 20 seconds to play, Buriram scored the winning goal. It was Charyl Chappuis who picked off a ball inside the box, which before dropped off Osmar Ibanez' hand. Of course the arms of the Spaniard should have absolutely no business over his head, however, an active hand ball was not recognizable. Nevertheless, all this might be enough to stir once more suspicions  around Newin Chidchobs side.

2012 FA Cup finalist Army United struggled in a duel with second division promotion candidate Nakhon Ratchasima FC. The last days were already rather turbulent for the Army sport club. Will he stay or will he go? That was the question. Because Winfried Schafer courted massively around his long-standing assistant coach Mano Polking in charge for Army United since beginning of the season, and tried to lure him to Muang Thong. However, at the end the Brazilian by birth decided to stay with Army United. Besides, it was known on matchday that long serving captain Tatree Seeha has been kicked out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.

Without Tatree, but with Lindemann, at the end it was just enough to secure a win over the visitors by the slimmest of all margins: 1-0. The German once more contributed to the success with an assist. Ulrich Munze could not get Lindemann's free kick under control and the Korean Jung Myung-Oh tapped in. Bjorn Lindemann after the game: "I have tried to hit the near post. He [Munze] has nicely speculated. But the ball took a nasty curve." Korats's best chance in the game came off a strike from Dandrai Longjamnong who rattled the bar.

In the only game between two clubs from TPL, Ratchaburi FC and Chonburi FC have met. Still in March both separated with a controversial 1-1 draw. However, this time the hosts from Ratchaburi were able to hold on to the 1-0 lead. The match between Rayong FC and Look Tab Fah ended 1-1. With it, off all away teams, the Regional League side is in the best position ahead of the return leg to be played on 31 July.

Thai FA Cup - round of last 16 draw

The draw to the Thai FA Cup round of last 16, which took place on Monday, could serve a surprise. Buriram United will have to travel away to Samut Songkhram. Surprise? Why? Now, since club moved to Buriram and stands under the aegis of Newin Chidchob, the side in all cup competitions over the past years, didn't had to travel. Unless, the opponent were a third division club and regulations enforced the top-team to travel or games took place on a neutral ground.

A full house for the next round is to be expected in Trat when the local side will welcome top-flight Bangkok Glass FC. Trat FC qualified for the next round after beating league rival BBCU FC in stunning 5-4 after 90 minutes.

An absolutely interesting tie is also to be expected between relegated Singhtarua FC (Thai Port) and promoted Bangkok United. Because after all, Sasom Poprasert will make a return to his old place of activity for the first time since leaving the Lions, who he coached to win the FA Cup in 2009 and the League Cup a year later.

The only remained representative from the Regional Leagues in this competition, is south side Phattalung FC. In the first round Phattalung eliminated Samut Sakhon FC a side playing on the same level but in a different Division. Next on to kick out of the competition was second division club Nakhon Ratchasima FC. However, two days were necessary to define the winner. At half-time and with a 1-0 lead for Phattalung the lights went out in the stadium, literally. And didn't turned on. So both sides came to an agreement to play the remaining 45 minutes at 9 o'clock the next morning. At the end the home team won with 2-1 and now even stands ahead of a bigger challenge on 10 July. With in welcoming Chiang Rai United.

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