AFC : 12 APRIL, 2021, 8:07 PM
Chiangrai United claimed the Thai FA Cup for the third time in four editions after defeating Chonburi FC on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s final at Thammasat Stadium.
In Australia, Melbourne City moved within two points of leaders Central Coast Mariners after drawing with Sydney FC, while Johor Darul Ta’zim extended their lead at the top of the Malaysian Super League.
Elsewhere, there was action in Vietnam, Singapore and Laos, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across Southeast Asia.
Chiangrai United have added yet another FA Cup to their trophy cabinet after overcoming Chonburi FC on penalties on Sunday after the sides had played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Chatmongkol Rueangthanarot put two-time winners Chonburi in front on the half hour before Thai international Sivakorn Tiatrakul levelled for Chiangrai 10 minutes later.
And with no further goals the clash at Thammasat Stadium was ultimately decided from the spot, with Chiangrai edging the shootout 4-3 to add to the titles they won in 2017 and 2018.
In what had been a busy week of Thai FA Cup action, the Beetles had narrowly beaten third-tier Muangkan United 2-1 in the quarter-finals a week earlier before a late goal from Brazilian striker Bill secured a win by the same scoreline over Bangkok United in Wednesday’s semi-final. Chonburi, meanwhile, had overcome Trat and Buriram United to reach the final.
The victory ensures Chiangrai gain direct entry into the 2022 AFC Champions League, having made their debut in the continental competition in the 2020 edition.
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