Yangon — Thailand was in excellent form today in defeating Indonesia 4-1 in a men’s football match at the SEA Games in Myanmar.
The win put the Thai team at the top of the Group B standings, and edged them closer to a semi-final slot in the competition.
Thailand scored an early goal in just the second minute, forcing the Indonesians to play chase the rest of the match.
Thai coach Kaittisak Senamuang said, “We were lucky to score the early goal”.
Adisak Kraisorn scored the second goal for Thailand when he converted a penalty, putting them up 2-0.
The other goals were scored in the 51st and 81st minutes by Praweenwat Boonyong and Thitiphan Puangjan, giving the Thais a 4-0 lead.
Indonesia didn’t score until the 90th minute when the match had long been decided.
The first goal occurred when Thailand got possession and crashed into attack, with Adisak Kraisorn letting loose a solid spot which caught the Indonesian keeper off guard, according to aseanfootball.org.
Indonesia never recovered after that, trying desperately to find the equaliser which never came. They had several early opportunities, but failed to convert.
“We anticipated a fight from Thailand. But they played differently today when compared to their first game,” Indonesian coach Rahmad Darmawan noted after the match. “They surprised us.”
The Thais have now won both of their matches in these Games, while Indonesia has one win and one loss.
Thailand’s next match is against host Myanmar on Saturday, while Indonesia takes on Timor Leste also on Saturday.