Thai youngster Chanathip Songkrasin has played a full 90-minute match against Cerezo Osaka on Saturday, making an assist for Daiki Suga to score in the 1-3 defeat at the hands of the league leaders. He became the first Thai player to make an assist in the J1 League.
He became the first Thai player to make an assist in the J1 League.
Former Vietnamese striker Le Cong Vinh, who also played for Consadole Sapporo in a short loan spell, is usually credited as the first Southeast Asian to score for a Japanese club, but all of his goals came from a period where the club were still in the J2 League.
Previously, the “Thai Messi” had already made his league debut in a match against Urawa Reds, where he helped his team to a 2-0 win.