Naypyitaw, Myanmar — Thailand won the gold in the final of the men’s football at the SEA Games by beating Indonesia 1-0 at Zayar Thiri Stadium in Napyitaw on Saturday night.
In winning the prized men’s football gold, the Thais completed a clean sweep of all four gold medals after yesterday winning the women’s football gold, plus the gold medal in both the men’s and women’s futsal competition.
It was six years ago that Thailand last won the gold in men’s football at the SEA Games, and it was the Thais 14th time to win the event since it was first held in 1959, according to reports.
Thailand came into the match heavy favourites, having beaten this Indonesian team 4-1 in the Group B preliminary round earlier in these Games. But Indonesia came to play and did not go down easily.
In the ninth minute of the match, Thailand got the first chance to score, but when Pokklaw Anan shot low to the right corner, Kurnia Meiga was just able to palm it away.
Indonesia got the next chance at a score, but Rizki Ramdani’s shot sailed straight to into the hands of Thai keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan.
Thailand just missed again in the 19th minute when Adisak Kraisorn’s shot was saved by the Indonesian keeper, but the Thais would finally break through three minutes later.
Thailand’s Sarawut Masuk took full advantage of some poor defensive play to surge forward, and when Kurnia came out to stop Sarawut, the Thai coolly tipped the ball over the Indonesian keeper for the score.
In the second half, with both teams frantically trying to score, Indonesia had several opportunities, but none as good as their 90th minute attempt.
That was when Indonesia’s Yohanes Ferinando struck a shot at the goal from just inside the box, but it sailed just over the bar.
And in the end, one goal proved enough for the Thais to be crowned the new champions and take home the gold.