Popp scores twice as Kirins get first win
Kirins hop on Popp to get their first win
Willian Popp scored twice as Muang Thong United beat Ratchaburi 2-1 for their first win of the season in Thai League 1 on Friday night.
Popp opened the scoring for the hosts from the penalty spot in the 19th minute only for his Brazilian compatriot Derley to equalise just before the interval.
The Kirins dominated for long periods in the second half with Popp and Adisak Kraison squandering several chances.
With 10 minutes to go, Popp became Muang Thong's hero when he rose above two defenders to head home the winner.
In Saturday's action, Bangkok United host Buriram United in a clash of title contenders.
Leaders Buriram have seven points and Bangkok United, who have four, must get a result to avoid falling further behind the Thunder Castle.
Bangkok United coach Totchtawan Sripan said he is confident his men are good enough to beat the visitors.
The Angels conceded five goals in their first three games of the season but Totchtawan refused to blame his defence saying the whole team must shoulder responsibility.
Buriram manager Boriphan Sudrod said he is more worried about the weather than the opponents.
However, coach Alexandre Gama has prepared tactics for wet conditions if it rains, he said.