PATTAYA – In an entertaining Thai Premier League game at the Nongprue Stadium on March 16, locally based Pattaya United gave up a 3-1 lead midway through the second half as their battling opponents Chiangrai United staged a thrilling comeback.
The visitors took the lead early in the first half through a powerful downward header from Bruno but this was cancelled out on 37 minutes as Pattaya midfielder Pathompol got on the end of a breakaway and scored from an acute angle.
Dolphins captain Tanasak led by example, shepherding a rebound off a Soony Saad free-kick to give his team a 2-1 advantage and Pattaya then brought on forward Wongsakorn for defender Phranyu in the 59th minute, which paid dividends two minutes later with Soony providing the assist for a Pinto Junior goal from range. Â Both teams were playing for the refereeâ€™s call which did not work for Chiang Rai, who were caught ball watching on several occasions.
The number of Brazilian playersâ€™ presence in the game was felt soon after when Chiangraiâ€™s Rungrathâ€™s cross to Danilo was initially fumbled by the Pattaya goalkeeper for an easy rebound goal to the visitors.
With the game in the balance at 3-2 both teams began to indulge in some fierce challenges, some of them fair and some not, and the award of a dubious penalty to the visitors in the 70th minute did nothing to ease tempers in the Dolphinsâ€™ ranks. Â Danilo spot-kick was initially saved by Pattiwat but the Brazilian forward tapped in the rebound to put Chiangrai level in the match.