Suzuki, Pedro Junior braces push Antlers past Suphanburi

Suzuki, Pedro Junior braces push Antlers past Suphanburi

The opening match of the J.League Asia Challenge in Thailand took place on Tuesday afternoon, with Kashima Antlers coming from behind to defeat Thai League representatives Suphanburi by a 4-2 final score.

A starting lineup of new and young Antlers players struggled early, allowing the opening goal to Suphanburi’s Dellatore in the 12th minute on a defensive error. 

After Yuma Suzuki made the score level off a corner kick in the 26th minute, Dellatorre struck again in the 39th minute for his second goal of the day.

Facing a 2-1 deficit at the half, Antlers brought on newcomers Pedro Junior and Leo Silva who quickly changed the pace of the match. After Suzuki drew a penalty kick close to the hour mark, Pedro Junior converted from the spot to make it 2-2. 

Silva assisted Suzuki’s second goal of the day shortly after, and Pedro Junior was quick to complete his own brace in the 69th minute for the 4-2 win.

Antlers will next face Bangkok United, who lost 3-2 to Yokohama F. Marinos later on Tuesday, in the final day of the competition on Thursday at Rajamangala Stadium.