AFC U19 Championship 2010 - Thailand lost the opener against Syria

Thailand U19

No.14 , Pokklaw A-Nan

Unfortunately Thailands U19 lost their opener of the 2010 AFC Championship campaign. A second-half goal from Radwan Kalaji saw 10-man Syria edge out Thailand 1-0 at Zibo Sports Centre.

It was Thailand who had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes with Sarach Yooyen proving particularly threatening. The midfielder forced keeper Ibrahim Almeh to tip over after 16 minutes following a scramble in the box and a minute later, came even closer when a fine 30-yard free-kick smacked the outside of the post and went behind.

Syria were then reduced to 10 men when Al Ghabbash was dismissed following a clash with Suchin. Waiting for a Syrian corner, the midfielder was stood in front of the Thai keeper, who subsequently hit the turf and an early end to proceedings ensued for Al Ghabbash.

Sarach drove another set-piece over the bar just after the half-hour mark and Mahmoud Al Maowas fired wide from distance four minutes before the break after the Syrian midfielder had worked an opening for himself as the first-half ended goalless.

Mohamad Bash Bauk called Suchin into action early in the second period and Adisak Kraisorn could not direct a header from Ponlachi Hongthong's cross from the right goalwards in what proved to be Thailand's best chance of the half. Bauk then struck a free-kick from a promising position narrowly off target as Syria looked to grab a goal on the break.

The breakthrough came in the 69th minute and it was from another set-piece. Kalajai's free-kick on the left edge of the box was poorly struck but the Thailand wall broke while jumping and the ball crept in at the near post with a scrambling Suchin unable to prevent it crossing the line.

Thailand continued to press for an equaliser with Syria content to hit the South-East Asians on the break.

Taha Jneid's shot from distance was easily gathered by Suchin while fellow substitute Nasouh Nakkdahli worked a good position in the box but elected to shoot from near the byline when a pass was the better option. Al Maowas was then booked for diving in stoppage time when it seemed he had legitimate claims for a penalty but it mattered little as Syria held on to begin their AFC U-19 Championship with a gritty win.

Chalermvud Sangnapol after the match: “This is football. I know we were very tired from coming here because it's a long time to travel and we've been here only one day. Anything could have happened in the game and while we could not do it in the first game I think we can do it in the next game.” For the match against Saudi Arabia Chalermvud is considering some changes in the line-up. “I have many options for change and with the strikers as well,” he said.

A win for Thais is vital to keep their hopes alive to make it to the next round. If they loose or even just draw, they may can arrange their trip back to Thailand already.

GK: Suchin Yen-arom (TTM Phichit), Surachet Ngamtip (Bangkok Glass), Chayanan Pombuppha (Police United), Pholchai Hongthong (Thai Honda, Chakrit Rawanprakone (Phuket FC)), Pokklaw A-Nan (Thai Honda), Piyarat Lajungreed (n/a, Sakolwach Sakolla(Khon Kaen FC)), Noppanon Kachaplayuk (Chonburi FC), Adisak Kraisorn (Phuket FC, Pattana Sokjoho (Thai Honda)),  Watspon Thosanthian (n/a), Sarat Yooyen (Phuket FC)

Tore: 0:1 Radwan Kalaji (71.)
Zuschauer: 20.100


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