Philippine Azkals lost to Thailand War Elephants in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals in Bangkok on Wednesday; halting their wish in advancing to the finals.
According from friends who were watching the game live, the Thais were able to make a goal in the 6th minute, and secured the spot after making another two goals in the second half of the game.
The Rajamangala Stadium, home crowd of the War Elephants, was jam-packed at last night’s event. The Thais showed an aggressive approach, cutting the Azkals short passes early in the game.
A goal was then made when Chanathip Songkrasin fired a shot from outside the box to pressure the Philippines, 1-0.
|Khon Philippine boosting the morale of the Azkals. Photo by: Rj Protacio of PinoyThaiyo|
The second goal came from Kroekrit Thaweekarn, who cuaght off guard the Azkals in the 56th minute of the game.
Phil Younghusband did his best in closing the gap, making couple of close calls in the 68th and the 78th minute. However, the odds were on Thais favor.
It made be believe that it was the Thais night after Martin Steuble was ejected; incurring his second yellow card following a collision with a Thai player, thus reducing the Azkals’ number to 10.
|Photo by: Rj Protacio of PinoyThaiyo|
Then on the 86th minute, Thaweekarn escaped the clutches of his defenders to score a goal that gave Thailand an insurmountable 3-0 lead, paving a way for them to be included in the finals – the first team to do so at 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Final.
Last week, Philippines and Thailand were on goalless draw during their semis game that took place in Manila.
Although I really regret that the Azkals weren’t able to make it to the finals, they did good still. I am hoping for their comeback next year. Well, the game could have ended into a 4-0 score hadn’t Patrick Deyto deflected the shot made by Peerapat Notchaiya in the 39th.