Selasa, 07 Desember 2010

[News] Humiliated Thailand Sent Packing

Indonesia came from behind to sneak a 2-1 victory over Thailand to send the Thais packing from the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Bryan Robson's Thailand looked poised to follow the already qualified Indonesians through to the semi-finals when Suree Sukha fired home a brilliant volley but the three-time ASEAN champions imploded thanks to late penalties conceded which Indonesia forward Bambang Pamungkas converted.

Former England skipper Robson rang the changes after his side's 0-0 stalemate with Malaysia in their second match with Suttinun Phukhom, Rangsan Vivatchaichok, Kirati Keawsombut and Naruphol Aromsawa replacing Suchao Nutnum, Sarayoot Chaikamdee, Sutee Suksomkit and Phichitphong Choeichiu.

Indonesia tactician Alfred Riedl drafted in Tony Sucipto, Muhamad Roby and Eka Ramdani with Firman Utina, Ahmad Bustomi and the injured Hamka Hamzah dropping out.

The Thais notched a precious goal in the 68th minute when Suree launched an unstoppable volley into the top corner after a knock down from Kirati.

The result would have enabled the Thais to progress to the last four but their hopes soon went up in smoke on 81 minutes when Indonesian forward Gonzales was hauled back in the box.

Up stepped Bambang, who coolly converted from the spot and into the bottom left corner.

It got much worse for the lethargic Thais a minute from time when Panupong Wongsa was penalized for handling Bambang's goal-bound shot and the latter produced a carbon copy effort, slotting home much to the delight of the Indonesian faithful.

The Thais will now head home in humiliation after Malaysia stole second spot following their 5-1 thumping of Laos.



ready to act: fully prepared or in position and about to do something

to collapse inwardly with force as a result of the external pressure being greater than the internal pressure

reluctantly accept something to be true: to admit or acknowledge something, often grudgingly or with reluctance

situation with no potential winners: in a contest, a situation in which neither side can take any further worthwhile action

choose somebody to run for a task

Go up in smoke

to be wasted

blow closer to bow
Back in the box

put it back as it was

physically slow and mentally dull as a result of tiredness, disease, or drugs

the second of two people or things that have been mentioned, or that are being considered or referred to
Carbon copy

a duplicate

great enjoyment and pleasure

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