Favourites Thailand triumph in Yangon
Myanmar vs Thailand
Final Score: Myanmar 0-2 Thailand (HT: 0-1)
Thuwanna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Thailand got the job done in the first-leg, with two goals from Teerasil Dangda giving them a comfortable lead on aggregate.
The War Elephants did it without breaking much sweat as well, as they showed that they are certainly a level or two above their hosts.
Teerasil broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with an explosive finish after he was played in by Chanathip Songkrasin. He doubled it 10 minutes into the second half, this time with a simple finish after dancing past two defenders.
Myanmar will now have it all to do in the second leg, and it’s a task that look almost impossible given how strong the Thais are looking.
23’ (0-1) Thailand breaks the deadlock after Chanathip slips Teerasil through and the Thai captain smashes it into the top corner.
55’ (0-2) Teerasil does it again, this time a fine finish. Latching onto a through ball from Teerathon, he turns away from one marker and skips past another before slotting it into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Thailand send out warning –
An early free-kick for Thailand in the third minute whipped in by Theerathon Bunmathan was touched just wide by Pokklaw A-Nan, with no Myanmar players picking the midfielder up.
Flowing move from Myanmar –
The home side work the ball around the static Thai defence in the 10th minute and the chance falls for Kaung Set Nainag, but the angle was too acute for the forward to trouble Kawin Tamsatchanan in goal.
Should have done better –
A smart dummy from Pokklaw allows Kroekrit to get the ball right outside the area in the 16th minute, but his shot wasn’t powerful enough to trouble Myanmar keeper Kyaw Zin Phyo.
Another comfortable save for Phyo –
Thailand keep up the pressure on Myanmar and this time Chanathip finds space to get his shot away, but Phyo reads it well.
Too unselfish from Teerasil -
An incisive pass from Chanathip sends Teerasil through, but the Thailand captain chose to pass it towards Kroekrit and over hits it when it looked easier to score.
Close from Sarach –
The Thailand midfield lynchpin goes forward on his own and his effort misses the mark by mere inches in the 22nd minute.
Massive let-off for Myanmar –
Myanmar fails to cope with Thailand once more and Kroekrit sends an effort onto the crossbar before the ball is cleared away.
Myanmar denied by the flag –
Aung Thu’s moment of brilliance sees him turn his markers inside out before crossing for Mg Mg Lwin to tap the ball in, but the latter was rightly called for offside by the linesman.
Thailand keep up pressure –
Straight out of the second half, Thailand continue to test Myanmar through Sarach, Teerasil and Kroekrit in quick succession. But on all three occasions, Phyo dealt with it comfortably.
Lacking conviction –
Myanmar finally get another chance after Nanda’s cross reaches Aung Thu, but the striker’s volley is a tame one.
Good hit from Sarach –
From a free-kick 20 yards out, Sarach hits it well and gets it over the wall, but puts too much curl into it and it lands into the side netting.
Pokklaw goes close –
The midfielder decides to go for goal from range in the 65th minute and almost beats Phyo in the Myanmar goal after the ball took a bounce, but the goalkeeper reacted quick enough to palm it away
Kawin stays alert –
Myanmar work the ball from right to left and Mg Mg Lwin’s effort troubles Kawin, who had to tip it over at full stretch.
Aung Thu can’t find the breakthrough –
The pacey striker once again makes full use of his speed to get behind Thailand’s defence in the 69th minute, but found Kawin too hard to beat.
Sirod almost had the perfect introduction –
Sent on for Kroekrit in the 69th minute, the striker carved out a chance for himself within seconds and Phyo had to dive at full stretch to push it wide.
Theerathon denied once again –
In a similar situation from the first half, Theerathon goes for goal from the free-kick, but once again Phyo reads it well and saves comfortably.