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Qualifiers - Group K: Thailand, Vietnam set early pace

Friday, March 22, 2019
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Hanoi: Thailand and Vietnam secured a comprehensive wins over Indonesia and Brunei on Matchday One of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers at the My Dinh National Stadium on Friday. 


Indonesia started strongly and held the majority of possession for the first 20 minutes with Thailand relying on counter attacks as Supachai Jaided looked dangerous on the ball.

However, the Young Garuda fell behind a minute later after Shinnaphat Leeaoh found the back of the net connecting TO Worachit Kanitsribumphen’s free-kick to give Thailand a 1-0 lead at half-time.

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Supachai continued to cause problems for Indonesia in the second half and earned a penalty nine minutes after the restart.

The Buriram United forward made no mistake from the spot, beating goalkeeper Awan Setho to double Thailand’s advantage.


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Indonesia head coach Indra Sjafri brought in fresh legs with Sani Riski Fauzi replacing Saddil Ramdani in the 51st minute and Witan Sulaeman coming on for Osvaldo Haay 12 minutes later, but there was no stopping Thailand.

In a swift attacking move from midfield, Supachai finished cooly in the 71st minute after connecting to a cross from the right.

There was no respite for Indonesia as they conceded a fourth three minutes later when Supachok Sarachat wriggled his way into the box before scoring with a clinical finish.

Next up for Thailand, who have already qualified by virtue of being the host for the Finals, are Brunei on Sunday, while Indonesia will take on 2018 runners-up Vietnam.

Vietnam 6-0 Brunei

Vietnam produced a commanding display as they sailed past Brunei 6-0 to get their qualifying campaign off to a flying start.

Three goals in each half secured Vietnam the three points and Park Hang-seo’s charges will now turn their attention to their match against Indonesia on Sunday.

Ha Duc Chinh opened their account in the 11th minute and Nguyen Thanh Chung doubled the tally 13 minutes later before Dinh Thanh Binh fired Vietnam to a 3-0 lead with his strike in first half added time.

Brunei were unable to match Vietnam at their game as they fell further behind in the second half.

Trieu Viet Hung got his name on the scoresheet at the hour mark and Huynh Tan Sinh converted from the penalty spot in the 77th minute to give Vietnam a 5-0 lead before Nguyen Quang Hai rounded off the proceedings in added time.

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