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ASEAN Wrap: Melbourne Victory struggle, BG Pathum United on a roll

Kuala Lumpur: There were ups and downs in the A-League in an action-packed weekend, while BG Pathum United stayed undefeated in the Thai League. 

Macarthur overtook Brisbane Roar to place second in the A-League by the end of the week, while Wellington Phoenix picked up their first win since January.

The battle for a top three spot in the Thai League 1 continues intensely with Bangkok United and Muangthong United drawing closer after back-to-back wins over the week.

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Melbourne City kicked off the week with a 3-2 win after surviving a late revival against Sydney FC.

Jamie Maclaran's brace helped put Melbourne City in a good spot, after Adrian Luna etched his name on the scoresheet with his first half goal, but Sydney FC did show resilience in the final 20 minutes with Milos Ninkovic and Patrick Wood narrowing the deficit.

Melbourne Victory also picked up a win, as Rudy Gestede scored in each half in the 2-0 defeat of Wellington Phoenix.

However, Melbourne Victory then suffered a 4-3 defeat to Western United a few days later. The back-and-forth action saw the teams tied at 3-3 in the 82nd minute but Western United suffered a blow when Tomislav Uskok was shown a second yellow card as Victor Sanchez snatched the win with his goal in stoppage time.

Perth Glory also found themselves on the winning side this past week, beating Brisbane Roar 3-1. Brisbane's Jack Hingert had initially cancelled out Diego Castro's opening goal, but Castro and teammate Bruno Fornaroli found the back of the net in the second half to secure a third consecutive win.

Adelaide United held off Western Sydney Wanderers to seal a 3-2 win. Two first half goals through Craig Goodwin and Stefan Mauk saw Adelaide United ahead, but it was Mohamed Toure's effort in the 82nd minute that proved most vital as it cancelled out Bruce Kamau and Mitchell Duke's second half goals.

Wellington Phoenix returned later in the week stronger to beat Newcastle Jets 2-0, thanks to goals by David Ball and Ben Waine in the 22nd and 53rd minutes respectively.

Lastly, Macarthur rose to second spot in the league after beating Sydney FC 1-0 with Matt Derbyshire scoring the only goal of the match in the 36th minute. Sydney suffered further setback with Paulo Retre being sent off two minutes later.

Thailand: BG Pathum United simply unbeatable, Muangthong and Bangkok close in

Playing two matches in a week, BG Pathum United continued their undefeated streak with back-to-back wins, while Buriram United and Port FC fought hard to keep their positions in the top three.

BG Pathum kicked off their week with a slim 1-0 win over Rayong FC, before dismantling Samut Prakan in a 6-0 victory, with Brazilian duo Victor Mattos Cardozo and Diogo Luis Santo picking up two goals.

Buriram United also picked up consecutive wins, beating Chiangrai United 1-0, courtesy of Supachok Sarachat who made no mistake from the spot in the 71st minute. Alexandre Gama's charges' fine performance continued as they beat Nakhon Ratchasima 3-0 later in the week.

Port FC, meanwhile, had a rough start to their week after Muangthong United staged a comeback to win 2-1. They did bounce back to beat Rayong FC 3-1, courtesy of goals by Siwakorn Jakkuprasat and Sergio Suarez.

Muangthong United closed in on a top three spot as they subsequently beat Trat FC 3-2, placing them fourth on the standings four points behind Buriram and Port FC.

Bangkok United were also one of the few teams that enjoyed successive wins in the week. They first showed off their dominance against Chonburi FC, with five different goalscorers in a 5-1 win, before claiming a slim 1-0 victory over Sukhothai FC.


Photo: BG Pathum United

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