Thailand’s Suphanat credits teammates for history-making goals
Bangkok: Suphanat Mueanta is the first Thailand player to score twice in the AFC U23 Championship, and the young forward has credited his goals to his teammates.
Thailand enjoyed a fantastic start in their Group A opener, scoring five unanswered goals against Bahrain to secure all three points on Wednesday, with Suphanat scoring the opener in the 12th minute, with his second coming in the 79th minute.
Nishino hails Thailand’s desire to win after opening day success
Bangkok: Thailand head coach Akira Nishino believes his side’s absolute desire to win played a major role in the host nation’s comfortable 5-0 triumph over Bahrain in Group A of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Wednesday.
A brace apiece from Suphanat Mueanta and substitute Jaroensak Wonggorn helped secure the Matchday One victory at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, success which saw Thailand go two points clear at the top of the standings.
The resounding performance has left Thailand well placed to reach the competition’s knockout phase for the first time in three attempts – and Nishino full of praise for his young charges.
Bangkok: Thailand made the ideal start to their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 campaign on Wednesday as the host nation beat Bahrain 5-0 at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok to go top of Group A.
Two goals from Suphanat Mueanta provided the platform for success on a night when both the Buriram United ace and Thailand shone brightly from start to finish against a Bahrain outfit which, in truth, created few genuine opportunities.
The result leaves Akira Nishino’s charges two points clear at the summit following Iraq’s 1-1 draw with Australia earlier in the day and adds genuine momentum to their bid to reach the competition’s knockout phase for the first time in three attempts.
Bangkok: Mohammed Qasim struck with a long range beauty to cancel out Reno Piscopo's equally stunning free-kick as Iraq and Australia settled for a 1-1 draw in their opening AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group A match at the Thammasat Stadium on Wednesday.
Qasim had only been on the field eight minutes before earning Abdulghani Shahad’s side a point having seen Piscopo give the Olyroos the lead with a high quality strike into the top corner of Ali Khadim’s goal.
Piscopo, who had been a threat throughout his 64 minutes on the field, put Australia ahead just two minutes before he was replaced by Zachary Duncan when he arrowed his free-kick from 25 yards beyond the outstretched hands of Khadim.
That goal was no less than the Australians deserved after dominating the second half until that point, with Iraq having offered little after an even first half.
Shahad confident Iraq will get better, Australia's Arnold satisfied with point
Bangkok: Abdulghani Shahad believes his Iraq team will improve as they go further into the tournament after seeing his side kick of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against Australia.
Mohamed Qasim scored with 13 minutes remaining to cancel out Reno Piscopo’s opener for the Olyroos as both teams picked up a point in their first Group A game at Thammasat Stadium.
Buriram: Maciej Skorza is optimistic his UAE side can realise their dream of playing in the 2020 Olympics, despite an injury blow ahead of their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 opener against Vietnam on Friday.
To reach Tokyo 2020, Skorza’s men have to better their performances at the two previous appearances in the competition, which both ended at the quarter-finals. In 2013 they were eliminated by Jordan and three years later, it was Iraq that knocked them out at the same stage.
The first obstacle on their way are 2018 runners-up Vietnam. The two sides had faced-off in the group stage of the 2016 edition, with the UAE emerging 3-2 winners to top the group, while Vietnam finished bottom at the time.
Buriram: Jordan will have to adapt to life without their star forward Musa Al Taamari if they are to overcome DPR Korea in their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 opening match on Friday, according to coach Ahmed Abu Ismael.
The West Asian nation will have to wait until the third group match against the UAE to enjoy the services of their talismanic winger Al Taamari, who currently plies his trade at Cypriot side APOEL.