SCG Muangthong United earn their second win of the season, and their first home game win, with a 1-0 defeat of Thai Port at the SCG Stadium.
SCG Muangthong dominated the match, but the Thai Port defense set up a formidable wall of players that Muangthong were repeatedly fristrated trying to get through. The first 10 minutes of the match saw pressure from MTUTD, but the give-go passes, corners, or headers on were often cleared, or passes would be blocked by a defender and out for a throw or goal kick.MTUTD also had to be sharp in the back line, and Japanese defender Naokai Aoyama, who played the full 90 minutes, was solid, blocking several advances and tying up the Thai Port strikers.
At the end of the first half the score was 0-0, and each team had only managed one shot on net, though a header from Teerasil had the fans on their feat though the ball was over the bar.In the second half MTUTD pressured almost continuously as coach Dragan Talajic elected to keep Mui, Clieton Silva, and Mario Gjurovski playing up high. The result was the only goal of the match as Mario Gjurovski fed the ball forward to Cleiton Silva who ran onto the pass and tucked the ball low and to the keeper's left for a goal.
Thai Port also had chances, and defender Suirya held his position at the post on a corner and was there to hammer the ball clear, though his clearance was blocked and the Thai Port shot went high. Most of the second half was MTUTD's and they were clearly the stronger team."I am proud of my boys, but this is not the best we can play," was Coach Talajic's response after the match. "It was not an easy game, with a team that parked the bus, but we had one ticket," said Talajic, referring to Silva's goal.
When asked about Teerasil's lack of goals so far this season, Talajic said, "Don't worry about Mui (Teerasil), he will start to score, and when he does, who can stop him."SCG Muangthong's next match is another home fixture this Wednesday, with an 8 PM kickoff.
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