Thailand march on as the Azkals journey ends
Final Score: Philippines 0-1 Thailand (HT 0:0)
Philippine Sports Stadium, Bulacan, Philippines
Friday, November 25, 2016
Defending champions Thailand, despite resting star players Chanathip Songkrasin,Kawin Thamsatchanan and Teerasil Dangda, defeated the Philippines 1-0 in Group A to knock the Azkals out of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
The Thai’s only just got the better of their opponents in a thrilling contest.Sarawut Masuk’s goal 10 minutes from time was enough to seal the tie and keep Thailand unbeaten after three games.
Both sides played attacking football with action at both ends.
With Indonesia beating Singapore 2-1, in the other Group A match being played at the same time, even a draw would not have been good enough for the Philippines, who battled valiantly to stay in the tournament.
It was the Indonesian’s second goal in the 85th minute that sank the chances of hosts the Philippines.
81’ (0-1) Thailand’s Sarawut Masuk, on the counter attack, broke free from the Philippine defense down the right and with pace and determination fired in a shot, low and into the right corner past Roland Muller.
Problem at the back -
Seven minutes into the game and Philippine defender Marco Casambre has trouble with a high ball landing in his box and Mongkol Tossakrai pounces to take advantage to get a shot in. Philippine keeper Roland Muller makes a strong save.
Touch of woodwork -
A corner by the Philippines’ Stephan Schrock from the right manages to avoid everyone and dramatically hits the far post after eight minutes.
Fast full back -
Peerapat Notchaiya breaks quickly down the left after 11 minutes and charges in on goal only to shoot into the side netting.
Close shave -
Charyl Chappuis starts to get involved in the game more and more makes a short pass into the path of Kroekrit Thawikan outside the edge of the box. Kroekrit curls the ball just past the right post.
Shock miss -
Just after the half hour mark Phil Younghusband has a clear header on goal after a well crafted cross from Hikaru Minegishi. To the amazement of all Younghusband heads over the crossbar. Normally the Philippine captain would have slotted it home.
Another sitter -
Two minutes before halftime and Thailand should have gone one ahead. Mongkol Tossakrai, just like Younghusband earlier, had a clear head on goal but nods the ball over after a fine cross by Kroekrit Thawikan.
Missed opportunity -
First chance of the second half is one of the best chances of the game when Sarawut Masuk lobs a ball through to Kroekrit Thawikan down the middle. Kroekrit only has the keeper to beat but hits the ball straight at him.
Golden chance -
Two minutes after Kroekrit Thawikan’s miss substitute Misagh Bahadoran rises up to meet a delicate cross from James Younghusband but glances the ball wide. Should have done better.
A Captain Phil special -
Phil Younghusband gets what he likes the best, a free kick from outside the box. To nobody’s surprise he curls a shot sweetly in on goal which Roland Muller punches out. The threat is not over though for Thailand as the ball lands outside the box at the feet of Stephan Schrock who fires it back in forcing a low diving save from the Philippine keeper Muller.