Thailand won the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medal for a record 12th time after beating Indonesia 1-0 in Saturday’s final at the Zayarthiri Stadium.
Having beaten the Indonesians 4-1 earlier in the tournament during their Group B meeting, Thailand were slight favourites heading into game and were coming off the back of a 1-0 win over Singapore in the semi-finals.
However, Merah Putih were also high in confidence having knocked out defending champions Malaysia on penalties in the semis following a 1-1 draw.
But it was the War Elephants who drew first blood in the 21st minute when Sarawut Masuk latched onto Thitipan Puangchan’s delightful through-ball and sent an exquisite lob over Kurnia Meiga and into the back of the net.
Indonesia looked to hit back immediately but found it hard to break down the opposition defence, with Pravinwat Boonyong and Theerathon Bunmathan book putting in assured displays for the Thais at the back.
The closest Indonesia came to scoring was in the 73rd minute when Ramdani Lestuhu fired in an effort that beat Kawin Thamsatchanan, only to be denied by the post.
But in the end, Thailand did enough to hold out for the win and claim their 12th gold medal at the Games.
Indonesia: Kurnia Meiga, Alfin Tuasalamony, Mokhamad Syaifuddin, Manahati Lestusen (Andri Ibo 57’), Diego Muhammad, Dedi Kusnandar, Rizky Pellu (Dendi Santoso 80’), Bayu Gatra, Fandi Utomo, Ramdhani Lestaluhu, Yandi Munawar (Yohanes Pahabol 70’).
Thailand: Kawin Thamsatchanan, Artit Daosawang, Pravinwat Boonyong, Sakolwat Skollah, Theerathon Bunmathan, Charyl Chappuis, Thitipan Puangchan (Chananan Pombuppha 62’), Pokklao Anan, Krikirt Thaweekarn, Adisak Kraisorn, Sarawut Masuk (Tanaboon Kesarat 88’).