AFC Champions League 2019: 5 talking points as Buriram United go down to Beijing Guoan 2-0

Beijing Buriram ACL

Thai League champions Buriram United recorded back-to-back defeats in the AFC Champions League 2019 as they went down 2-0 to Beijing Guoan FC at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing on Wednesday.

Though they put on a much improved showing from their previous fixture against the same opposition, the defeat dents Buriram’s chances of making it to the knockout stages of the ACL this season.

Here, we take a look at the five key talking points from the Group G encounter…

1) Buriram learn from their mistakes! 

Beijing Guoan FC had humbled Buriram in the previous matchday as they ran out 3-1 winners at the Thunder Castle Stadium. But it looks like the Thai League champions did learn their lessons for the return fixture. At the Workers’ Stadium, Buriram were well drilled and organised and kept the home side quiet for the first 45 minutes. Except for a couple of chances for Beijing captain Yu Dabao from corner kicks, the Chinese Super League side had little to show for all the possession they enjoyed in the first half.

2) Another bad day at office for Pedro

It was another day to forget for Pedro Junior up front for the Thunder Castles on a night when his team needed him desperately. With Beijing enjoying the lion share of possession, it was always going to be a difficult challenge for the Brazilian on Matchday 4. However, Pedro did not help his cause much as he offered little in attack one the few occasions the ball reached him. It is interesting to note that while Pedro is yet to find the back of the net in the ACL, the man he replaced Diogo has scored twice in the group stages so far for Johor Darul Ta’zim. He was finally taken off in the 73rd minute as Bozidar Bandovic introduced Vietnam international Luong Xuan Truong.

3) A moment of misfortune undoes Buriram’s good work! 

AFC Champions League 2019: Beijing Guoan 1-0 Buriram United (Renato Augusto – Penalty 55′)

Buriram and Beijing were engaged in a gripping battle when misfortune struck the Thai club. Beijing had to little to offer going forward in the first half and had come out in the second half with renewed intent to break the deadlock. However, Buriram were dealing with everything that was thrown at them when the referee pointed to the spot. Sasalak Haiprakhon had little knowledge when Jiang Tao’s cross hit his hands from close quarters, but the referee deemed the hand to be in an unnatural position and awarded the penalty to the hosts. The outcome from the spot was never in doubt as Renato Augusto sent Siwarak Tedsungnoen the wrong way to make it 1-0.

4) Renato Augusto masterclass! 

AFC Champions League 2019: Beijing Guoan 2-0 Buriram United (Ba Dun 76′)

If anyone deserved to score a goal in the game until then, it was Renato. He had been an influential figure in whatever promise Beijing had produced on the evening, and the former Brazil international once again proved his worth when he served on a platter an excellent cross for substitute Ba Dun to head in and put the result beyond doubt. The former Bayer Leverkusen man was deservedly given a standing ovation by the Workers’ Stadium when he was finally substituted in the 89th minute after a brilliant display.

5) Thai League champions must win their next! 

The results in Group G mean that Buriram and Urawa Red Diamonds will have to win to stay alive in the competition when the two teams meet at the Thunder Castle Stadium in Buriram on May 7. Buriram are bottom of the group with three points while Urawa are one place above them with four points. Jeonbuk Hyundai top the group with nine points while Beijing took their tally to seven after the Buriram victory. It all means that the Thai League outfit will have to get all three points in the next game in order to have a chance on the final matchday when they face K League side Jeonbuk away from home.