Thailand’s brave Asian Games run ended by South Koreans

Thailand’s impressive 2014 Asian Games campaign was finally brought to a halt in the semi-finals on Tuesday after they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Korea Republic.

The South Koreans took the lead at the Incheon Munhak Stadium four minutes before the break when Lee Jong-ho met Rim Chang-woo’s looping cross with a glancing header that went in off the post.

Right on the stroke of halftime, the hosts were awarded a penalty when Narubodin Weerawatnodom was adjudged to have brought down Lee Jae-sung inside the box, paving the way for Jang Hyun-soo to score from the spot and seal the win for his side.

Awaiting Korea Republic in the final are neighbours Korea DPR, who advanced from the last four after Jong Il-gwan’s 96th-minute strike handed them a 1-0 extra-time victory over Iraq.

Meanwhile, Thailand can finish the Games off by winning a bronze medal should they beat the Iraqis in Thursday’s third-place playoff.

Tuesday’s 2014 Asian Games Semi-final Results

Iraq 0-1 Korea DPR (after extra-time)

Korea Republic 2-0 Thailand


Persipura booted out of AFC Cup by dominant Al Qadsia

Persipura Jayapura had their AFC Cup dream come to an end after Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Al Qadsia saw them fall to a 10-2 aggregate defeat in the semi-finals.

Despite entering the second leg at the Mandala Stadium trailing 4-2 on aggregate, Persipura could take heart not only from the fact that they had two away goals to their name, but also given the way they had overcome a deficit to see off Kuwait SC in the quarters.

However, they fell behind after just six minutes when Saif Al Hashan netted with a sweetly-struck volley from ten yards out, before Bader Al Mutawa added a second in the 33rd minute after skipping past a challenge on the edge of the box and bending his shot into the far corner.

By now, the hosts needed a minor miracle if they were to mount a comeback and things got worse four minutes before the hour mark when Al Mutawa’s cross was deflected by Yoo Jae-hoon only as far as Saleh Al Sheikh, who made no mistake in smashing the loose ball home.

Al Mutawa then grabbed his second of the afternoon in the 73rd minute when he embarked on a blistering run down the right and advanced into the box, before sending an emphatic strike into the back of the net from a tight angle.

Despite their spot in the final all but secured, the visitors showed no signs of letting up and made it 5-0 two minutes later; Fahad Al Ansari getting in on the act as he latched onto Al Mutawa’s incisive through-ball and coolly slotted past Yoo.

And in the second minute of injury-time, the rout was completed as Al Sheikh beat the offside trap and raced through, before cutting back onto his right foot and netting with a cheeky lob.

Al Qadsia’s opponents in the final – to be held on October 18 – will be Iraq’s Erbil, who beat Kitchee 2-1 at the Mong Kok Stadium to claim a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

The visitors got off to a dream start as they broke the deadlock after just three minutes; Ali Faez lining up a 25-yard freekick and firing away a fairly tame effort that somehow crept past Wang Zhenpeng at the far post.

Six minutes later, Erbil added a second when Amjad Radhi was picked out inside the box by an excellent delivery from Luay Salah and clinically planted his header into the back of the net.

Kitchee managed to pull one back in the 69th minute when Gao Wen slotted home from close range after Jalal Hassan had flapped at Lam Ka Wai’s corner, but it proved to be a mere consolation as their opponents held out for the win.

Tuesday’s AFC Cup Semi-final Second Leg Results

Persipura Jayapura 0-6 Al Qadsia (2-10 on aggregate)

Kitchee 1-2 Erbil (2-3 on aggregate)

Thailand see off Jordan to march on at Asian Games

Thailand advanced to the last four at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon after recording a 2-0 win over Jordan in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

In a game at the Incheon Football Stadium which the Thais were always in control of, they took the lead seven minutes before halftime when Charyl Chappuis, Kroekrit Thaweekarn and Adisak Kraisorn link up well to create an opportunity for Chanathip Songkrasin, who clinically drilled a left-footed shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

And in the 71st minute, the War Elephants made sure of the victory when Kroekrit added a second by blasting the ball home at the third time of asking, after two initial efforts had been desperately blocked by the opposition defence.

Nonetheless, Thailand will have to produce another brilliant display if they are to continue their dream run at the Asian Games, after being pitted alongside hosts Korea Republic in the semi-finals.

The South Koreans booked their spot in the final four after claiming a 1-0 triumph over defending champions Japan, courtesy of Jang Hyun-soo’s 89th-minute winner from the spot.

Elsewhere, Iraq had a fairly comfortable evening after advancing from their last-eight tie against Saudi Arabia with a 3-0 win at the Goyang Stadium.

The Iraqis were firmly control of proceedings after Younis Mahmoud grabbed a double inside the opening half-hour, before an Abdullah Al Shamekh own-goal effectively ended the contest in the 49th minute.

Finally, Korea DPR round off the semi-finals line-up after Jong Il-gwan’s injury-time winner helped them defeat United Arab Emirates 1-0 at the Hwaseong Stadium.

 Sunday’s 2014 Asian Games Quarter-final Results

Korea DPR 1-0 United Arab Emirates

Thailand 2-0 Jordan

Saudi Arabia 0-3 Iraq

Korea Republic 1-0 Japan

Indonesia, Vietnam eliminated from Asian Games

Indonesia were booted out of the 2014 Asian Games on Friday evening after falling to a 4-1 loss at the hands of Korea DPR in the quarter-finals.

The North Koreans took the lead at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium when Pak Kwang-ryong netted in the 19th minute, before Jo Kwang doubled their tally five minutes before the break.

A minute later, Jong Il-gwan added a third for Korea DPR but Indonesia pulled one back on the hour mark when Fandi Eko Utomo found the back of the net.

However, any hopes the Indonesians had of mounting a fightback were ended six minutes later when Jong grabbed his second of the game to seal the win for his side.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s hopes were also ended after they were beaten 3-1 by United Arab Emirates at the Hwaseong Stadium.

After Saeed Al Kathiri had fired the Emiratis ahead in the 21st minute, Sauf Khalfan Al Meqbaali struck on the hour mark to put them firmly in control of the tie.

Vietnam were however handed a boost three minutes later when their opponents had Mohammed Al Yassi sent off, and they managed to reduce the deficit in the 87th minute through a Nguyen Huy Hung strike.

Nonetheless, they were just unable to find the equaliser and UAE went on to make sure of the victory when Bandar Al Ahbabi added a third in injury-time.

In Friday’s other quarter-final matches, Iraq defeated Tajikistan 4-2 while Abdulaziz Al Bishi scored in the fifth minute of injury-time to hand Saudi Arabia a 3-2 victory over Uzbekistan.

Friday’s 2015 Asian Games Round of 16 Results

Iraq 4-2 Tajikistan

Vietnam 1-3 United Arab Emirates

Korea DPR 4-1 Indonesia

Uzbekistan 2-3 Saudi Arabia

Home through to SG Cup final after stunning comeback

Home United produced a brilliant fightback to beat DPMM FC 3-2 on Friday in the second leg of their Singapore Cup semi-final and claim a 4-3 aggregate win.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s first leg, it was DPMM who drew first blood after just five minutes when the Protectors’ failure to clear their lines after an Azwan Ali freekick had come back off the post allowed Roy O’Donovan to poke home on the rebound.

In the 35th minute, the Bruneians looked well and truly on their way when they were awarded a penalty after Juma’at Jantan had hacked O’Donovan down inside the box; Rodrigo Tosi stepping up and coolly stroking his shot into the bottom corner.

However, Home managed to pull one back just before the break when Sirina Camara reacted quickest after Lee Kwan-woo’s dangerous freekick had caused all sorts of havoc inside the opposition box, and sent a deft chip over Wardun Yussof.

Still, it looked as though it was not going to be their day as they were continually denied an equaliser – Wardun doing well to push Lee’s 25-yard freekick onto the post in the 73rd minute, before Juma’at Jantan saw his cracking effort smash into the woodwork four minutes later.

But with seven minutes remaining, the Protectors finally pulled level when DPMM’s failure to clear a corner saw Lee lay the ball back to the edge the box for Noh Rahman, who proceeded to send a rocket of a strike past a hapless Wardun.

Just when it looked as though extra-time was beckoning, Home went on to claim the win in the 89th minute when Song In-young nodded home on the rebound after Qiu Li’s initial header had come back off the bar to set up a final showdown with Balestier Khalsa.

DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Joe Gamble, Abdul Aziz Tamit (Shahrulrizal Abdul Rahman 80’), Boris Raspudic, Azwan Saleh, Rosmin Kamis,Hendra Azam (Najib Tarif 87’), Roberto Alviz, Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’Donovan, Azwan Ali.

Home United: Shahril Jantan, Masrezwan Masturi, Song In-young, Sirina Camara, Juma’at Jantan, Noh Rahman, Lee Kwan-woo, Yasir Hanapi (Indra Sahdan Daud 82’), Qiu Li, Bruno Castanheira, Fazrul Nawaz (Kwon Da-kyung 46’).

Thailand down China to make Asian Games quarters

Thailand are through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon after claiming a 2-0 win over ten-man China in the Round of 16 on Thursday evening.

Already heading into the game at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium high on confidence following three wins from three games in the group stage, the War Elephants’ cause was given a huge boost in the 34th minute when China had Tin Yang sent off for a last-man foul on Kroekrit Thaweekarn on the edge of the box.

And two minutes into the second half, Thailand duly capitalised on their numerical superiority after Adisak Kraisorn reacted to a clever flick-on by Charryl Chappuis and sent a stunning acrobatic volley into the far corner.

With 14 minutes remaining, Adisak grabbed his second of the game when he tapped home on the rebound after Fang Jingqi had parried Chanathip Songkrasin’s low drive into the path to seal his side’s progress into the last eight.

Next up for Kiatisuk Senamuang’s charges will be Jordan, who needed 120 minutes to claim a 2-0 extra-time triumph over Kyrgyzstan at the Incheon Munhak Stadium – courtesy of goals from Ahmad Al Essawi and Mahmoud Al Mardi.

Thursday’s other games saw Japan and Korea Republic set up an enticing last-eight meeting after they cruised to 4-0 and 3-0 victories over Palestine and Hong Kong respectively.

Thursday’s 2014 Asian Games Round of 16 Results

Jordan 2-0 Kyrgyzstan

Palestine 0-4 Japan

Korea Republic 3-0 Hong Kong

Thailand 2-0 China

Balestier edge Tampines to make Singapore Cup final

Balestier Khalsa are through to the Singapore Cup final with a penalty shootout victory over Tampines Rovers after both sides played out a 2-2 aggregate draw in the semi-finals.

It was Tampines who had claimed the honours with a 2-1 win in Monday’s first leg, but given how slender their lead was, the Tigers headed into Thursday’s return encounter at the Toa Payoh Stadium with everything to play for.

And following a goalless first half, Paul Cunningham marked his return to the Balestier starting XI following a wretched year with injury in fine style; handing the hosts the lead in the 62nd minute with a thumping header from close range after their opponents had failed to clear their lines.

The goal was enough to take the tie into extra-time but with neither side able to find a winner in the additional 30 minutes, the game then proceeded to the dreaded penalty shootout.

Cunningham, Goran Ljubojevic and Kim Min-ho were all successful with the Tigers’ first three efforts but it was goalkeeper Zaiful Nizam who emerged as the hero as he denied both Shahdan Sulaiman and Fahrudin Mustafic, before Jacob Butler finally got the visitors on the board.

Fittingly enough, it was Zaiful who stepped up to take the decisive fourth spot-kick for Balestier and he coolly slotted past Justin Pasfield to seal their spot in the final.

Balestier Khalsa: Zaiful Nizam, Jaslee Hatta, Emir Lotinac, Paul Cunningham, Syed Thaha, Ridwan Jamil (Sofiyan Abdul Hamid 75’), Poh Yi Feng, Ruhaizad Ismail (Muhaymin Salim 82’), Park Kang-jin, Zulkiffli Hassim (Kim Min-ho 61’), Goran Ljubojevic.

Tampines Rovers: Justin Pasfield, Anaz Hadee (Ang Zhiwei 33’), Fahrudin Mustafic, Jufri Taha, Ismadi Mukhtar, Jacob Butler, Shahdan Sulaiman, Shaiful Esah, Jozef Kaplan, Aleksandar Duric, Noh Alam Shah.