Pathum retain huge lead as Port drop points again
BG Pathum United extended their enviable unbeaten record to 21 games in Thai League 1 following a 1-1 home draw with True Bangkok United on Saturday night.
So high was the level of the Rabbits's confidence that they went into the match without their top strike duo, leaving both Diogo Luis Santo and Teerasil Dangda on the bench.
Following a close miss from Thailand international Thitiphan Puangjan, Sumanya Purisay opened a long ball for Pathompon Charoenrattanapirom to put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute.
Bangkok United went all out on attack and Heberty Fernandes's shot was saved by Pathum United goalkeeper Chatchai Butprom late in the first half.
The capital side missed another chance soon after the break but they didn't have to wait long as Nattawut Suksum delivered the leveller in the 67th minute.
Second-placed Port failed in their bid to reduce their 16-point deficit to leaders Pathum United as they were held to an embarrassing goalless home draw by relegation-threatened Trat.
Port have suffered a major slump in their performance and Saturday night's stalemate was their first point in four league matches.
SCG Muang Thong United took over fourth place in the league table following an impressive 3-1 victory away at Ratchaburi.
Uzbekistan's Sardor Mirzaev ensured three points for the Kirins by grabbing a hat-trick with Philip Roller scoring the only goal for the visitors early in the first half.
Buriram United were aided by two second-half penalties -- both converted by Supachoke Sarachat -- as they claimed a 3-2 win at Suphan Buri.
Supachoke netted Buriram's third as well while Caion scored both goals for the hosts, who missed a late penalty.