Thailand charge into semis with perfect record in Group B

Thailand finished off their 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B campaign with a perfect record after downing Myanmar 2-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening.

The War Elephants broke the deadlock in the 12th minute after patient build-up in the final third eventually saw the ball break to Sarawut Masuk, who laid it off to Tanaboon Kesarat for the BEC Tero Sasana man to send a rocket of a strike from 25 yards in off the bar.

Myanmar did have numerous chances to get back into the contest but Kyaw Ko Ko had a shot cleared off the line by Suttinun Phuk-hom, Kyi Lin saw his exquisite strike come back off the bar, while Kyaw Zayar Win, Min Min Thu and Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit were also wasteful in front of goal.

And in the end, the Thais went on to seal the in six minutes from time as Prakit Deeprom lined up a freekick on the edge of the box and curled a sublime effort beyond Thiha Sithu’s despairing dive.

Thailand are now through to the last four with a perfect record in the group stage for the second tournament in a row, and will now meet Group A runners-up Philippines in the semis.

Thailand: Chanin Sae-Eae, Artit Daosawang, Pravinwat Boonyong, Suttinun Phuk-hom, Chayapat Kitpongsritada (Peerapat Notechaiya 87’), Adul Lahso (Chainarong Tathong 52’), Tanaboon Kesarat, Sarawut Masuk, Sompong Soleb (Monkol Tossagri 79’), Prakit Deeprom, Kirati Keawsombat.

Myanmar: Thiha Sithu, David Htan, Aung Zaw, Zaw Min Tun, Sithu Aung, Win Min Htut, Min Min Thu (Chit Su Moe 85’), Kyi Lin, Kyaw Zayar Win (Than Paing 86’), Soe Min Oo (Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit 46’), Kyaw Ko Ko.

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