Thailand lose out to Iraq in bronze medal match

Thailand’s brave run at the 2014 Asian Games came to an end without reward on Thursday after they were beaten 1-0 by Iraq in the bronze medal playoff.

Following a goalless first half at the Incheon Football Stadium, the breakthrough arrived for the Iraqis in the 63rd minute when Younis Mahmoud met an Ali Adnan corner with a powerful header past Kawin Thamsatchanan into the top corner.

But while they were ultimately unable to make history by bringing home their first-ever medal at the Games, the War Elephants can still leave Incheon with their heads held high after an impressive campaign which saw them dominate Indonesia, Maldives and Timor-Leste in the group stage, before claiming excellent victories over China and Jordan in the knockout round.

Meanwhile, Korea Republic won the gold medal after defeating fierce rivals DPR Korea 1-0 in the final at the Incheon Munhak Stadium.

It looked as though penalties would be needed to decide a winner, after neither team were able to find the breakthrough in regulation time, as well as most part of the 30 added minutes.

However, in the 121st minute, North Korean custodian Ri Myong-guk made a horrible error as he flapped at a corner and although Lee Yong-jae’s initial effort was blocked on the line, Rim Chang-woo followed up by smashing the rebound into the back of the net to win it for the hosts.

 Thursday’s 2014 Asian Games Results

Final

Korea Republic 1-0 DPR Korea

Bronze Medal Playoff

Thailand 0-1 Iraq

Thailand’s brave Asian Games run ended by South Koreans

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

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

Indonesia, Vietnam eliminated from Asian Games

Indonesia were booted out of the 2014 Asian Games on Friday evening after falling to a 4-1 loss at the hands of Korea DPR in the quarter-finals.

The North Koreans took the lead at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium when Pak Kwang-ryong netted in the 19th minute, before Jo Kwang doubled their tally five minutes before the break.

A minute later, Jong Il-gwan added a third for Korea DPR but Indonesia pulled one back on the hour mark when Fandi Eko Utomo found the back of the net.

However, any hopes the Indonesians had of mounting a fightback were ended six minutes later when Jong grabbed his second of the game to seal the win for his side.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s hopes were also ended after they were beaten 3-1 by United Arab Emirates at the Hwaseong Stadium.

After Saeed Al Kathiri had fired the Emiratis ahead in the 21st minute, Sauf Khalfan Al Meqbaali struck on the hour mark to put them firmly in control of the tie.

Vietnam were however handed a boost three minutes later when their opponents had Mohammed Al Yassi sent off, and they managed to reduce the deficit in the 87th minute through a Nguyen Huy Hung strike.

Nonetheless, they were just unable to find the equaliser and UAE went on to make sure of the victory when Bandar Al Ahbabi added a third in injury-time.

In Friday’s other quarter-final matches, Iraq defeated Tajikistan 4-2 while Abdulaziz Al Bishi scored in the fifth minute of injury-time to hand Saudi Arabia a 3-2 victory over Uzbekistan.

Friday’s 2015 Asian Games Round of 16 Results

Iraq 4-2 Tajikistan

Vietnam 1-3 United Arab Emirates

Korea DPR 4-1 Indonesia

Uzbekistan 2-3 Saudi Arabia

Thailand down China to make Asian Games quarters

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

Thailand crush Indonesia; Vietnam finish top at Games

Thailand finished their Group E campaign at the 2015 Asian Games in Incheon with a perfect record after claiming a dominant 6-0 win over Indonesia on Tuesday.

The War Elephants took the lead at the Incheon Football Stadium after seven minutes when Charyl Chappuis raced through down the right before unselfishly playing the ball back to Chananan Pombuppha, who made no mistake in slotting into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later, it was 2-0 after Adisak Kraisorn received a cutback from Nurul Sriyankem and lashed an unstoppable first-time shot into the back of the net.

Despite their healthy advantage, the Thais showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal and Chanathip Songkrasin was next to strike; reacting quickest after Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah had punched a cross clear to the edge of the box and sending a low volley past the floored custodian.

Chanathip then turned provider in the 75th minute when he found space inside the box and played a perfectly-weighted cross to the back post for Kroekrit Thaweekarn to sweep home, as Thailand effectively put the result beyond doubt.

Still, they continued to push forward relentlessly and added a fifth six minutes later after Pinyo Inpinit beat the offside trap and raced through before dispatching his shot into the bottom corner.

And in the 90th minute, the rout was completed as Adisak grabbed his second of the evening after making his way in behind the opposition defence and beating Meiga with another emphatic finish.

Thailand will now meet China in an enticing last-16 tie, while the Indonesians will face off against Group F winners Korea DPR.

In the group’s other clash, Timor-Leste’s tournament came to an end with no points to their names after they were defeated 3-2 by Maldives at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium.

Things were initially looking good for them when Diogo Rangel fired them in front from the spot in the 20th minute, only for Amdhan Ali to equalise for Maldives seven minutes later.

Timor-Leste edged ahead once more two minutes before the hour mark when Ricardo Sousa netted, only for their opponents to hit back again through a Moosa Yaamin strike in the 62nd minute.

11 minutes later, the Maldivians completed their comeback as Mohamed Irufaan struck the winner to hand them maximum points and inflict a third consecutive loss on O Sol Nascente.

Meanwhile, Vietnam also completed their group-stage campaign with an unblemished record after beating Kyrgyzstan 1-0 at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium to make it two wins in a row.

Following a goalless first half, the Vietnamese were handed the perfect opportunity to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty after Vu Minh Tuan’s right-wing cross had been handled by Azamat Baimatov inside the box.

And it was Minh Tuan who stepped up to the plate and clinically beat Valery Kashuba from 12 yards, which was ultimately enough for maximum points.

Next up for Vietnam in the Round of 16 are United Arab Emirates, who qualified after finishing behind Jordan as runners-up of Group G.

Tuesday’s 2014 Asian Games Results

Group B

Hong Kong 2-1 Bangladesh

Afghanistan 0-5 Uzbekistan

Group E

Maldives 3-2 Timor-Leste

Indonesia 0-6 Thailand

Group F

China 1-0 Pakistan

Group G

India 0-2 Jordan

Group H

Vietnam 1-0 Kyrgyzstan

Singapore out of Games despite win; Malaysia fall to Saudis

Singapore were eliminated from the 2015 Asian Games in Incheon despite recording a gutsy 2-1 win over Palestine in Group C on Sunday afternoon.

Shahfiq Ghani handed the Lions the lead at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium after just two minutes, when he curled a sublime freekick into the top corner.

15 minutes later, Shahfiq was at it again as he found the opposite corner with another stunning strike from 25 yards which left Ikram Rami Hamadeh rooted to the spot.

Palestine managed to hit back seven minutes from time when Ahmad Maher Wridat was left unmarked inside the area and emphatically fired home from inside the six-yard box, although it ultimately proved to be a mere consolation.

Nonetheless, the result was not enough to send Singapore through to the Round of 16 as they were pipped to second spot by Tajikistan, who claimed a last-gasp 1-0 win over Oman courtesy of Jahongir Ergashev’s 94th-minute strike.

Over in Group A, Malaysia’s bid to progress was ended by a 3-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia at the Goyang Stadium.

Having been drawn alongside powerhouses Korea Republic and the Saudis, it was always going to be an uphill task for Harimau Malaya to advance to the last 16 and they entered the clash needing a victory to do just that.

Their cause was not helped by Zubir Azmi’s dismissal three minutes after the half-hour mark; the Terengganu left-back shown a second yellow for clattering into Abdulaziz Al Bishi.

And Saudi Arabia made their numerical advantage count in the 56th minute, when Al Bishi pounced on a loose ball inside the box and floated a pinpoint cross for captain Abdullah Al Hafith to head home.

Majed Omar then made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute when he met a lovely floated pass by Abdulkarim Al Qahtani with a cracking first-time effort into the bottom corner.

With six minutes remaining, the Green Falcons made sure of the win as substitute Ahmed Al Shehri broke free inside the box after playing a neat one-two with Al Qahtani, before stroking his shot past the onrushing Farhan Abu Bakar.

Elsewhere in the group, Laos’ campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic at the Hwaseong Stadium, courtesy of second-half strikes from Lee Jong-ho and Kim Seung-dae.

Sunday’s 2015 Asian Games Results

Group A

Malaysia 0-3 Saudi Arabia

Laos 0-2 Korea Republic

Group C

Palestine 1-2 Singapore

Tajikistan 1-0 Oman

Group D

Kuwait 0-3 Iraq

Nepal 0-4 Japan