Unbeaten Thailand storm into AFF Suzuki Cup final
Thailand vs Myanmar
Final Score: Thailand 4-0 Myanmar (HT: 1-0), Aggregate: 6-0
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Thailand will meet Indonesia in the final after putting on a devastating performance in the second half to defeat Myanmar 4-0 in the second leg.
After a nervy start, Thailand took the lead through Sarawut Masuk’s diving header in the 33rd minute. Myanmar had their chances as well, but failed to take any and they were made to pay in the second half.
A clumsy challenge from Yan Aung Kyaw gave Thailand a penalty which Theerathon Bunmathan converted, before Siroch Chatting and Chanathip Songkrasin wrapped up the win with a goal apiece eight minutes apart, for a huge 6-0 win on aggregate.
33’ (1-0) A teasing cross from Theerathon sets Sarawut up perfectly, and the latter's diving bullet header finds the bottom corner of the net.
65’ (2-0) Sarawut earns a penalty after Yan Aung Kyaw made a poor high challenge. Up steps Theerathon, who sends the goalkeeper the wrong way.
75’ (3-0) Siroch latches onto a superb ball from centre field by Charyl Chappuis, outmuscles his defender and beats Kyaw Zin Phyo at the near post with a vicious drive.
83’ (4-0) Excellent football from Thailand sees Sarawut and Chanathip exchange passes before the latter makes a cool finish into the bottom corner.
Thailand warning -
Thailand carve open Myanmar’s backline in the 10th minute and Teerasil Dangda has an opportunity, but the Thailand captain skies his shot despite being unmarked.
Close for Thailand –
Teerathon’s corner is headed on by Teerasil, and Sarawut’s slight touch sends the ball crashing against the crossbar before it bounced away in the 26th minute.
Wasted opportunity for Myanmar –
David Htan makes a superb run down the right before finding an unmarked Myo Ko Tun, who can only fire wide from eight yards out in the 35th minute.
Kawin to the rescue –
Yan Aung Kyaw gets a great connection on his volley from range and the ball looks to be dipping into the top corner until Kawin tips it over at full stretch.
Unlucky Myanmar -
Than Paing is given acres of space inside the box and he fires a ferocious shot that cannons off the bar just two minutes after the restart.
Big stop from Kawin –
Myanmar breaks past the static Thailand backline again in the 61st minute, and this time Myo Ko Tun has a great chance but cannot find a way past Kawin, who made himself big.
Sarach’s effort stopped on the line –
A moment of madness from Myanmar goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo sees him go way off his line and make a poor clearance. The ball falls for Sarach, whose shot is stopped by David Htun, the only defender protecting the open goal.
Aung Thu denied –
Finding space for himself in the 85th minute, Aung Thu fancies his chance with a low strike but Kawin reads it well.