Incheon – Thailand defeated Indonesia 6-0 on Monday to progress into the last-16 in the men’s football event at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.
With Monday’s victory, Thailand secured the top spot in the Group E leader board. So far at the Incheon Games, the team has scored 11 goals in three matches without giving up any goals. Thailand last met Indonesia at the 2013 SEA Games, where the former took a 1-0 victory as well as the SEA Games title. The team now is now slated for a clash with China in its next match.
The first goal came in the 6th minute by striker Chananan Pombuppha, after he was given the ball by Charin Chappui. Chananan then injured himself while hopping around in excitement as he celebrated the goal; he was replaced by Adisak Kraison.
Replacement striker Adisak then scored the second goal in the 16th minute after having been given the ball by right forward Nurun Siyankem. This was to be the final goal of the first half. Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan did not have to exert himself even once during the half.
Throughout second half, Thailand continuously widened the lead, with the final goal by Adisak coming in the 90th minute.
The 6-0 victory earned Thailand three points, and sends them to the top of Group E. The team will next play China, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Rattikan Golnoi won a bronze medal Monday, Sept. 22, in the women’s weightlifting 58kg Group A.