Dominant Fire Bats shock poor Beetles

Dominant Fire Bats shock poor Beetles

Sukhothai's John Baggio, centre, in action against Chiang Rai United.
Sukhothai's John Baggio, centre, in action against Chiang Rai United.

Sukhothai stunned champions Chiang Rai United in Thai League 1 last night.

John Baggio and Ibson Melo scored for the hosts, who moved up to fifth place.

Chiang Rai remain second on 23 points, six behind leaders BG Pathum United.

The match was moved forward because Chiang Rai have to play their remainng group games in the AFC Champions League in a 'bubble' in Qatar later this month.

Chiang Rai fielded two Brazilian strikers Bill Rosimar and Jakson Coelho but it was the Fire Bats who were sharper thanks to the partnership of Madagascar's Baggio and Brazil's Ibson.

Sukhothai dominated for long periods in the first half and deservedly went ahead in the 40th miniute with Baggio's strike.

Bill and Jakson had a quiet night for the Beetles and Sukhothai put the match beyond any doubt when Ibson scored with three minutes to go.

Meanwhile, struggling former champions Buriram United will try to stop the rot when they host bottom club Rayong tonight.

Once an all-conquering side, Buri- ram are now only two points above the red zone.

This will be a good opportunity for them to secure three precious points in their fight for survival.

Buriram brought back Alexandre Gama last month but the Thunder Castle under the Brazilian coach got off to an unimpressive start with one draw and one defeat in the league.

However, their confidence should be boosted by their 9-0 win in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Buriram will be without Suphanat Mueanta who is injured but Supachok Sarachart, Marko Scepovic, Naruebodin Weerawatnodom, Gidi Kayuk and Sasalak Haiprakhon are available for selection.



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