Chonburi FC secured their survival in the Thai top flight over the weekend, as their 0-0 home draw against fellow strugglers Sukhothai FC was enough thanks to Suphanburi’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Muangthong.
All eyes were on Chonburi’s home game against Sukhothai this weekend, which pitted two of the three teams left in the relegation battle against each other. With Trat and Rayong’s drop to T2 already confirmed, the two sides were hoping to defend their place just above the red zone from a potential Suphanburi resurgence.
The Sharks and Fire Bats played out a tight and cagey 0-0 draw, with Adefolarin Durosinmi’s disallowed goal in the first half the most significant moment of the game.
Luckily for both sides, Muangthong United were able to take all three points from their trip to Suphanburi the same evening. The hosts were reduced to ten men after captain Suphan Thongsong lashed out at Weerathep Pomphan at the end of the first half, in retribution for the Kirin playing on despite the home side having a man down injured.
With their numerical advantage in tow, Willian Popp hit the opener after 50 minutes, getting on the end of Sarawut Kanyalanabandit’s header to slot home. Things were temporarily level when Leandro Assumpcao capitalised on Muangthong’s failure to execute the offside trap, but a late strike by Sardor Mirzaev saw the visitors take all three points and leave their hosts on the verge of relegation.
Suphanburi will need to pick up the points from their game in hand against Chiangrai United this Wednesday, which would set up an enthralling final-day relegation scrap with Sukhothai.
However, the Beetles have plenty of motivation to win themselves, as they are now in with a shout of a shock third-place finish after they handed the spot’s current occupants, Port FC, a 1-0 defeat in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Bill’s 86th-minute winner saw Chiangrai take all three points from the PAT Stadium for the second season running, and should Port fail to win against Nakhon Ratchasima, a place in the AFC Champions League qualifiers could be up for grabs.
Elsewhere, Buriram confirmed their place as Thai League runners up after dispatching Prachuap 4-0 on Sunday, while BG Pathum finally got their hands on the coveted Thai League trophy they had reserved five match-days ago after their ceremonial win over Ratchaburi. Lastly, both Samut Prakan City and Bangkok United managed comfortable victories in their final home games of the season, while Tero played out a 0-0 draw with Korat.