Rabbits disappoint again, Port drop points

Rabbits disappoint again, Port drop points

BG Pathum United's Apisit Sorada, right, goes past Trat's Santipap Ratniyorm during their Thai League 1 match on Saturday night. PR
BG Pathum United's Apisit Sorada, right, goes past Trat's Santipap Ratniyorm during their Thai League 1 match on Saturday night. PR

Star-studded BG Pathum United's dismal run in Thai League 1 continued on Saturday when the Rabbits suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Trat in an away game.

Pathum have won just one match in their past five league outings and are in fourth place with 37 points from 22 games. Buriram United led the table with 46 points, ahead of their home game with Chiang Rai last evening.

The Rabbits started well and Singaporean striker Ikhsan Fandi put them in lead in in the 61st minute before the hosts got two goals in three minutes from Lidor Cohen (68) and Ben Azubel (71) to pull off the major upset.

Pathum coach Makoto Teguramori blamed the loss on his players inability to convert chances into goals.

"It was an exciting game from both teams," said the Japanese coach.

"We sent Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda in after the break because Chanathip has just came back from the international duty while Teerasil has just recovered from his injury.

"We had several chances in this match, especially those missed by Freddy Alvarez and Danilo Alves.

"Trat also played very well and their home crowd supported them. We'll have to work harder after this game."

Also on Saturday night, hosts Lamphun Warriors saw Dennis Murillo net an equaliser in the six-minute added time to salvage a 2-2 draw with Port.

Worachit Kanitsribumphen struck for Port after the half-hour mark and Lamphun levelled in the 59th minute through Akarapong Pumwisat. Felipe Amorim made it 2-1 for Port after 70 minutes but Murillo kept his cool to convert a last-gasp penalty and secure a point for Lamphun.

Elsewhere, Sukhothai edged Ratchaburi 1-0 at their home ground, a result that left the visiting club's chairman Tanawat Nitikanchana fuming.

"It's [result] a shame and the worst match our team has ever played. We shouldn't have been denied that goal," said Tanawat, referring to a late goal by Korawit Tasa which was ruled out by the match referee.

Also, hosts Uthai Thani shared a point with PT Prachuap after a 2-2 draw.

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