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

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