13-time champions Thailand opened their 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games campaign on Saturday with a win after beating Group B opponents Timor Leste 3-1 at the Thuwunna Stadium.
It took midfielder Thitipan Puangchan just two minutes to open the scoring for the War Elephants, before Police United midfielder Pokkhao Anan doubled their tally four minutes after the half-hour mark.
Artit Daosawang then pushed forward and added a third two minutes after the break to kill off the contest, although Timor Leste did manage to grab a consolation in the 72nd minute through a Jose Fonseca effort.
In Group B’s other match, hosts Myanmar also got off to a winning start after cruising to a 3-0 win over Cambodia.
Myanmar edged ahead in the 16th minute when Zaw Min Tun broke the deadlock, before star striker Kyaw Ko Ko added a second 11 minutes before the break.
Two minutes into the second half, Ko Ko netted his second of the evening to wrap up the three points for Park Seong-hwa’s men and get their gold medal bid off to the perfect start.
Saturday’s 2013 SEA Games Group B Results
Thailand 3-1 Timor Leste
Myanmar 3-0 Cambodia