Late goal sinks Chonburi (April 10, 2008)


Chonburi FC suffered their first defeat in the AFC Champions League when they lost 1-0 at South Korea's Chunnam Dragons in Gwangyang yesterday. Substitute Victor Simoes fired home a free-kick in the dying moments as the Korean FA Cup winners claimed their first points in the current campaign.

The Group G match, played at a wet and windy Gwangyang Football Stadium, was a largely lacklustre affair and appeared to be headed for a goalless draw until the Brazilian struck in the final minute to finish off the Thailand Premier League champions.

Rain and strong winds made it difficult for the players and there was little quality on display.

Chonburi had a couple of chances with the best falling to Natatorn Phanrit in the second minute but his close range header went over the bar.

In the other Group G game, Australia's Melbourne Victory lost 4-3 to Japan's Gamba Osaka who are now leaders with seven points.

Chonburi have four points while Melbourne and Chunnam have three each. Two teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals.

In Bangkok, Krung Thai Bank secured their first points in Group F with a 9-1 demolition of Vietnam's Nam Dinh at Chulalongkorn stadium.

Four goals from Ivory Coast's Kassim Kone, a hat-trick by Nantawat Thaensopa and one apiece from Pichitpong Choechiu and Thanut Wongsuparak completed the demolition.

The Thai side had been humiliated 9-1 by J-League champions Kashima Antlers before losing 4-2 to Beijing Guoan. The win kept alive Krung Thai Bank's slim hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.

Kashima, who edged Beijing Guoan 1-0 yesterday, have nine points followed by Beijing who have six. Krung Thai have three and Nam Dinh are pointless.

Krung Thai Bank coach Attapol Bussapakom said he was surprised by the scoring spree and believed his side still had a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.