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