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Preliminary Stage 2: Buriram United (THA) 2-1 Hochiminh City FC (VIE)

Buriram: Buriram United survived a late fightback to defeat Vietnam's Hochiminh City FC 2-1 in their AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage 2 tie at the Buriram Stadium on Tuesday.

Burriam broke the deadlock in the second half through goals from Bernardo Cuesta and Ricardo Bueno, while Hochiminh scored a late consolation through Pape Diakite.

The Thailand side will now face Shanghai SIPG of China PR in next week's Playoff with the winners to advance to Group H alongside Australia's Sydney FC, Yokohama F. Marinos of Japan and Korea Republic side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

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Hochiminh threatened from the start and almost took the lead in the third minute when Tran Phi Son sent Nguyen Cong Phuong clear inside the box but the danger was quickly averted by Buriram’s Sasalak Haiprakhon.

Buriram survived another scare in the 20th minute when Tran Phi Son pounced on a defensive error by Haiprakhon but the Hochiminh captain's goal-bound effort was blocked by Pansa Hemviboon.

Buriram came alive seven minutes before the break when Haiprakhon sent a delightful free-kick into the box, but the opportunity was wasted by Jung Jae-yong, who later missed the mark in the 41st minute from above the box following Supachok Sarachat’s assist.

Bozidar Bandovic's men had the better start in the second half and broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute after Narubadin Weerawatnodom burst down the right flank before cutting it square for Cuesta, who squeezed his shot from an acute angle past Hochiminh custodian Nguyen Thanh Thang.

The visitors were under pressure again in the 62nd minute when Sarachat weaved his way past the Hochiminh defence at the top of the box but Diakite was there to block the Thai winger's effort.

Buriram's persistence paid off as they increased their advantage in the 74th minute through Bueno who volleyed home a rebound off Haiprakhon's corner.

However, Hochiminh pulled one back three minutes later when Diakite nodded home Phi Son's cross from the right but it was too late for the Vietnam club.

Photos: Buriram United

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