2011 AFC Cup - Muang Thong with last minute win, Chonburi to loose on away


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For the first time during the 2011 AFC Cup campaign, Chonburi FC and Muang Thong United go separate ways. While the champion won his home match, the cup-winner lost away to Persipura.

Already on Tuesday evening Muang Thong United had to kick his 3rd match of Group G. Striker Anon Sangsanoi was missed due to injury, but surprisingly Weera Koedpudsa was lined-up between the posts for the hosts. However, during the whole 90 minutes he did not really had a lot to do. One-way football right from the beginning was to be seen

Although the reigning Thai Premier League champion dominated the game and created chance by chance, he used his chances so negligently that the guests looked to come away with a point. Muang Thong could even afford to miss a penalty kick. About 10 minutes before the end of the match Christian Kouakou went down in the box.

Presumably he suddenly felt sick and therefore went down. In retribution Dagno Siaka went on to the spot and missed it. With 90 minutes gone, Victory SC played the card of a tactical substitution. And right at this time Dagno Siaka, who had missed shortly before from the spot, found the net. Back heel, back heel and in. How simple football can be.

With this narrow win, Muang Thong was able to defend the first place and is now even two points ahead of Tampine Rovers. Latter just drew on away to Hanoi T&T.

Muang Thong United: Weera Koedpudsa, Weerawut Kayem (Santi Chaiyaphuak, 81'), Nattapon Phanrit, Panupong Wongsa, Prakasit Sansook, Jakkraphan Pornsai (Amorn Thammanarm, 36'), Dagno Siaka, Naruphol Ar-Romsawa, Christian Kouakou, Teerasil Dangda, Datsakorn Thonglao

While Persipura Jayapura transformed his historical home première successfully, Chonburi FC had to accept their first defeat in this year's AFC Cup competition. Although Chonburi controlled the game as much as possible, the home side knew how to use the few chances they got offered. Not at least with thanks to Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool between the posts of Chonburi. He simply had a used day.

After nine minutes Persipura virtually went ahead with the first chance in front of about 20,000 spectators. Just two minutes later Darko Rakocevic had the chance to level but Yoo Jae-Hoon in the goal for Persipura denied. Short before the break the "Sharks" had to swallow the second goal. Lukas then closed the game with seven minutes to go in the second half. He took advantage of a big blunder by Sinthaweechai.

Persipura Jayapura now is on top of Group H. Chonburi is now on level on points with South China. The Hong Kong based club was able to win it's home match against East Bengal by 1-0.

Chonburi FC: Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Suree Sukha (Sukree Etae, 73'), Natthaphong Samana, Suttinan Phuk-hom, Anucha Kitpongsri, Darko Rakocevic, Cholratit Jantakam, Ekaphan Inthasen (Suphasek Kaikaew, 62'), Adul Lahso (Kriangkhai Pimrat, 62'), Kazuto Kushida, Pipob On-Mo

Muang Thong v Victory SC (Highlights)

Persipura v Chonburi FC (Highlights)

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