An 89th-minute penalty from Charyl Chappuis was enough to hand Thailand a 2-1 victory over Singapore in Sunday’s 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B clash.
The War Elephants had taken the lead after just eight minutes when Monkol Tossagri arrived late at the back post to meet Prakit Deeprom’s low cross, and proceeded to slam his shot from point-blank range into the roof of the net.
But in the 19th minute, Singapore pulled level after Khairul Amri ghosted in between the opposition centre-backs to nod home an inch-perfect cross by Shaiful Esah.
It looked as though the Lions had done enough for a point, and it could have even been better for that had they been able to make the most of their chances.
Nonetheless, it was Thailand who went on to claim maximum points a minute from time after Safuwan Baharudin handled the ball inside the box, paving the way for Chappuis to step up and coolly fire the resultant penalty into the bottom corner.
The Thais will be able to book their spot in the semi-finals if they win their next match against Malaysia on Wednesday, while the Lions will look to bounce back against a Myanmar side managed by former coach Radojko Avramovic.
Singapore: Hassan Sunny, Ismadi Mukhtar, Baihakki Khaizan (Zulfahmi Arifin 46’), Safuwan Baharudin, Shaiful Esah (Shakir Hamzah 63’), Hariss Harun, Shahdan Sulaiman, Faris Ramli, Shahril Ishak, Sahil Suhaimi (Gabriel Quak 86’), Khairul Amri.
Thailand: Kawin Thamsatchanan, Artit Daosawang, Adisorn Promrak, Pravinwat Boonyong (Suttinun Phuk-hom 76’), Peerapat Notechaiya, Sarach Yooyen, Charyl Chappuis, Prakit Deeprom (Chanathip Songkrasin 65’), Monkol Tossagri, Kroekrit Thaweekarn, Kirati Keawsombat (Adisak Kraisorn 61’).