Muang Thong United 0-0 Kuwait SC (0-1 agg) (27/09/2011)



Bangkok: Kuwait Sports Club booked their place in the semi-finals of the AFC Cup after a professional performance saw Dragan Talajic's men hold Muang Thong United to a goalless draw at the Thunderdome Stadium.

Holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of the quarter-final in Kuwait, the visitors managed to keep Muang Thong at bay and go through to the last four.

The Thais needed to score to remain in the competition and pressed for an early breakthrough.

Three minutes in, winger Piyaphon Buntao escaped down the left side and fired a low shot that keeper Khalid Al Fadhli parried away.

Four minutes later defender Panupong Wongsa hit the crossbar with a half-volley after more good work from Piyaphon, who then latched onto the rebound only to strike his effort over the bar.

Kuwait SC's best chance of the half came in the 14th minute when Boris Kabi headed a cross over the bar from 10 yards out. In reply, Piyaphon just failed to get on the end of Datsakorn Thonglao's cross a minute later.

Muang Thong again went close in the 33rd minute when Christian Kouakou was set free down the middle and had only the goalkeeper to beat but skewed his shot wide of the target.

A free kick from Datsakorn in the 41st minute was pushed wide by Al Fadhli and in stoppage time, Kouakou's marker slipped in the box allowing the striker to cross but he could not find a teammate.

Kuwait SC found more success on the counter in the second-half although Rogerinho could not find the target when one-on-one with Muang Thong keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan.

Panupong directed a free header from a corner kick straight at the Kuwait SC keeper, whose swift delivery then freed Kabi to run the length of the field before shooting wide.

Rogerinho could have put the result beyond doubt when Kawin charged some 40 yards out of his goal to clear the ball right as Nattaporn Phanrit and the forward collided.

The ball ricocheted off Nattaporn's back and fell to Rogerinho but he slipped and could not take advantage of an empty goal as the Muang Thong defender cleared.

Kawin managed to thwart Kuwait SC on two more occasions but it was the visitors who were celebrating at the final whistle as they move on to the semi-finals.