Kor­rakot goal takes Buri­ram into knock­out phase

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

A sec­ond-half goal from Kor­rakot Wiriyau­dom­siri put Thai cham­pi­ons Buri­ram United through to the last 16 of the AFC Cham­pi­ons League as the Thai cham­pi­ons took sec­ond spot in Group G with a 1-0 win at Jeju United yes­ter­day.

In the other Group G game, China’s Guangzhou Ever­grande beat Japan’s Cerezo Osaka 3-1.

Fabio Can­navaro’s Guangzhou fin­ished the group stage with 12 points, Buri­ram nine, Cerezo eight and Jeju three.

Buri­ram have ad­vanced to the knock­out stage of the con­ti­nen­tal club cham­pi­onship for the first time since 2013.

The Thun­der Cas­tle will meet South Korea’s Jeon­buk Hyundai or Tian­jin Quan­jian of China in the last 16 round.

At Jeju, Buri­ram’s Su­pachai Jaided had the first good ef­fort when he forced goal­keeper Kim Kyeong-Min to push wide a pow­er­ful an­gled shot in the 13th minute.

Buri­ram came close to scor­ing again in the 30th minute when Jakkaphan Porn­sai crashed in a shot that beat the goal­keeper but was headed off the line by Cho Yong-Hyung.

The Thai cham­pi­ons were first to threaten in the sec­ond half when Jakkaphan’s free-kick from the left found Diogo Luis Santo and the Brazil­ian’s header was well saved by Kim.

Buri­ram took the lead in the 55th minute when Diogo found Sasalak Haiprakhon with a neat back heel on the right.

Sasalak turned in­side his man and found Ko­rakkot un­marked at the back post. The left-back had to just tap the ball into an empty net.

The vis­i­tors had an ex­cel­lent chance to add a sec­ond when Su­pa­chok Sarachat ran through the home team’s de­fence and cut the ball back to Diogo, whose low shot was saved.

The Thai side were al­most made to re­gret that miss when Kim Do-Yeop’s free-kick from 25 yards struck the top of the bar.

Buri­ram then held on to book a ticket to the knock­out stage.

In Group H, De­jan Dam­janovic’s firsthalf goal put Su­won Sam­sung Bluew­ings into the last 16 with a 1-0 win at Kashima Antlers, who had al­ready qual­i­fied.

The win meant the South Korean side qual­i­fied for the knock­out phase as win­ners of Group H with the Ja­panese club in sec­ond.

Aus­tralia’s Syd­ney FC missed out in third place af­ter they could only draw 0-0 with bot­tom side Shang­hai Shen­hua of China.

Buri­ram’s Diogo Luis Santo, left, in ac­tion against Jeju United in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League in South Korea yes­ter­day.

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