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