Thai giants Buriram United recovered from a one-goal deficit to gun down Japanese club Albirex Niigata 2-1 and claim the Toyota Premier Cup at the I-Mobile stadium yesterday.
While Buriram United had lined up Theerathon Bunmathan, Suchao Nutnum and Jakkraphan Kaewprom for their first match of the year, their star striker Diogo Santo was missing even from the bench.
Albirex Niigata, one of the top J-League teams, silenced the large home crowd when Leo Silva scored for the visiting team in the 55th minute with a long-range shot.
After conceding the goal, Buriram became more adventurous and equalised when a curling corner-kick by Theerathon was headed into the net by South Korean midfielder Go Seul-Ki.
Buriram United’s efforts to net the clincher finally paid off in the 79th minute when the duo of Theerathon and Ko reproduced their magic. Once again it was a calculated lob by the Thailand defender from the corner flag which led to a perfectly-placed header by the Korean player.
This is the third time with the Premier Cup trophy of Buriram United and the first one of the 2016 for the The Thunder Castles.
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