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UPDATED: 17:25, April 26, 2007
Nine-man Arema defeat Bangkok in AFC Champions League
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Arema Malang of Indonesia picked up their first AFC Champions League win defeating Bangkok University of Thailand 1-0 on Wednesday despite ending the match with nine men.

Cameroonian central defender Bruno Casimir scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute before Arema finished the game with nine men following the dismissal of defender Suroso and striker Essa Mvondo.

Neither team offered much in the first half as both sets of players contributed to a scrappy match with frequent missed passes and no shots on target.

Suroso committed his first offense in the 11th minute and received a yellow card after apparently pulling the shirt of Kraisorn Pancharoen just outside the penalty box.

In the 35th minute, left winger Elie Aiboy's cross was flicked on by skipper Ponaryo Astaman into the path of Mvondo, who then lost control of the ball before keeper Manteeva Lamsombat smothered the ball.

Astaman closed out a disappointing first half with a 35-yard effort which went over the bar.

A heavy downpour of rain at halftime threatened to disrupt the game and, three minutes after the restart, Bangkok University had a goal disallowed.

A lobbed free kick caused confusion in the Arema penalty area and Phetphun Patiparn looked certain to score, but referee Sun Baojie of China blew his whistle for a foul against Arema's goalkeeper Hendro Kartiko.

Indonesia international Aiboy was too much to handle as he terrorized Bangkok's defence and came close to scoring when a cross from Suyono found him unmarked in the 55th minute, but his shot was blocked, resulting in a corner for Arema.

However, Arema were to take the lead within seconds as Suyono quickly took the corner and Casimir out-jumped his marker to head the ball home.

Five minutes later, though, Arema were reduced to 10 men when Suroso received his marching orders and Bangkok made a tactical change by bringing in the additional offensive force of Teerayoot Seubsin.

Bangkok's decision to push forward almost paid dividends when Jeera Jarernsuk's shot went inches wide of the post in the 66th minute. Jarernsuk had another effort six minutes later but his shot was blocked by Kartiko.

Casimir's performance at the center of Arema's defence was key to denying Bangkok until the end. But the match took a bizarre turn in the dying minutes when referee Bao sent Mvondo off as he was walking off the pitch to be substituted.

Setyo Prastowo had initially been ordered to come on for Mvondo, who left the pitch slowly, prompting Bao to hand the Cameroonian his second yellow card of the game and deny Prastowo the opportunity to take to the field.

Source: Xinhua

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