SCG Muangthong United have advanced to the next stage in their AFC Champions league quest in dramatic fashion. After 90 minutes of play the teams were locked in a 0-0 draw, despite Muangthong United having the better share of play and chances, including a one-on-one by Cleiton Silva.
After a further 30 minutes of play SCG Muangthong United still had not found the back of the net, and the match moved to a penalty shootout situation.
In front of a packed stadium, Muangthong Keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan proved his mettle once again and showed the crowd why he’s the best in the country. In the 5 penalty shootout, Kawin stopped the first three attempts, while SCG Muangthong United responded by hitting all 3, from Cleiton Silva, Peerapat, and Sarach Yuyen.
With the 3-0 win, Muangthong United are one step closer to paying in the AFC Champions league in 2015.
Muangthong United have twice before been in this situation but were on the wrong end of the penalty shootouts, losing in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 the club qualified for the group stage, but were to lose the opening match. This time around the club has big ambitions with the roster strengthened with several top level signings.
The next match will be a challenge. Muangthong will face Chinese Super League runner-ups Shanghai SIPG F.C. SIPG is managed by Sven-Göran Eriksson, the former England national team manager with years of experience at the top flight with clubs such as Leicester City, Manchester City, and Roma.
The match is scheduled for Tuesday February 9th at the 57,000 seat Shanghai Stadium.