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Gutsy Angels Snap Buriram’s 32-Match Unbeaten Run

True Bangkok United played the role of party poopers on Tuesday night as they forced Buriram United to postpone their 2022/23 Thai League 1 title celebrations by bouncing back from 2-0 down to beat the Thunder Castles 4-3 thanks to a last-minute goal from Willen Mota. The defeat ended Buriram’s remarkable 32-match unbeaten run, which at the time was the longest active unbeaten streak in world football.

It’s first against second at the Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani Province as runaway league leaders Buriram were looking to seal their ninth Thai League 1 title with a win over their closest rivals.

And it seems that Masatada Ishii’s men were on course to do so, as a brace from Supachai Chaided in the 11th and 33rd minute gave Buriram a commanding 2-0 lead.

Buriram defender Ratthanakorn Maikami inadvertently scored an own-goal in the 35th minute to give Bangkok United a glimmer of hope, before the Angels went rampant in the second half.

Thitiphan Puangchan equalized for the hosts in the 66th minute, before Brazilian striker Mota gave Bangkok United the lead in the 78th minute.

Goran Causic gave Buriram some measure of hope in salvaging a point by scoring his side’s equalizer in the 82nd minute, before Mota landed a decisive header into Siwarak Tedsungnoen’s goal in the fifth minute of injury time to earn all three points for Bangkok United.

The loss was Buriram’s first since August of last year when the Thunder Castles lost 3-2 to BG Pathum United in the 2022 Thailand Champions Cup. Since that defeat, Buriram went on a 241-day unbeaten streak, spanning 32 matches in all competitions with 28 wins and 4 draws.

Despite seeing their unbeaten run being cut short in dramatic fashion, Buriram are still set to inch themselves closer to the 2022/23 Thai League 1 title should they beat bottom-of-the-league Lampang FC on Sunday at the Chang Arena.