Own goal denies 10-man Thais (Mar 21, 2007)

KAWASAKI - An own goal by Patiparn Phetphun 12 minutes from time denied Bangkok University one of the biggest shocks in the history of the AFC Champions League as they drew 1-1 with J.League runners-up Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday.

Leading thanks to a seventh minute goal from Suriya Domtaisong and playing with 10 men for the last 32 minutes, the Thai side's resistance finally gave way to allow the Japanese to escape with a point in the Group F encounter at Todoroki Stadium.

Frontale went into the game off the back of an opening day win over Indonesia's Arema Melang but had a terrible start when Suriya gave the Students a surprise lead.

Tanapat Na Tarue capitalised on a misplaced pass by the Frontale midfield before finding Suriya, who cut into the penalty area before firing past Eiji Kawashima.

Stung by conceding so early, Frontale attempted to battle back, but an inability to hold on to possession hampered efforts to pull themselves level.

In fact, the Students went close to doubling their lead in the 25th minute, with Suriya again causing problems, only this time his shot was saved by Kawashima as the visitors went into the break holding a one-goal advantage.

The second half brought with it renewed vigour on the part of the J.League side, who forced five corners in the opening exchanges but were still unable to find a way past Weera Koedpudsa, who denied attempts from both Takahiro Kawamura and Yoshinobu Moniwa.

Bangkok's hopes of holding on took a turn for the worse 13 minutes into the half when Ramthep Chaipan was sent off for a second bookable offence, Singaporean referee Shamsul Maidin expelling the midfielder for stamping on Frontale forward Juninho.

Frontale ramped up the pressure and, with 12 minutes to go, it finally paid off when Masaru Kurotsu drove up the left flank before delivering a cross that Patiparn put beyond the reach of his own goalkeeper.

In the remaining exchanges, Frontale pushed looking for the winner but the Bangkok defence held firm to take a valuable point back to Thailand.