Offer to claim the title Thailand SEA Games ended with a whimper after a 3-1 defeat to hosts Indonesia said yesterday that he suffered an early exit in the biennial tournament for the second consecutive time.
Have claimed four points in the first two games, the Thais need to take maximum points against a team from Indonesia with a perfect record in the Bung Karno stadium packed in Jakarta to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.
The Thai side took the commitment to align Theerathon Bunmathan despite the left-PEA Buriram Indonesia only reached early on the day following its commitments to the senior World Cup qualifier in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
The measure, however, failed just ten minutes into the game when he was expelled for Theerathon pick up two yellow cards in quick succession, first by kicking the ball, while the second was overturned after an Indonesian player.
That completed a miserable day a few Theerathon as it was a second red card in just 48 hours after his dismissal in 3-0 loss to Saudi Arabia.
The local team, vocal partisan crowd roared, made his numerical advantage count immediately after half an hour, when Titus was left unmarked in the area and Bonai headed in a cross from the right side.
The Thais, whose streak of eight straight titles ended in Laos two years ago, they were given a lifeline after the restart when Yooyen Saracho was fouled in the area and the striker Ronnachai concerted Ranysiyo is worth noting at his level in the face of 50 minutes.
Work on the Thai side, however, collapsed in the 70th minute when a goalkeeper howler Wongmeena Ugkrit taken an unwise decision to leave the line to intercept the ball from a corner, but not to reach him and led to Wanggai Patrich the hosts back in front.
Things went from bad to worse for the Thais with a quarter of an hour left after Ekkasit Chaobut received his marching orders for a nasty challenge a player from Indonesia. Ferdinand Sinaga compounded the misery of the Thais’ scoring the third in stoppage time.
Jariyawatwong Kasem, team manager, blamed the red card if his team fail to advance to the semifinals.
“Undoubtedly, the red card ruined our chances for the game. If we had eleven on the field, we could have won the game. However, I do not want to criticize the arbitration proceedings as people see me trying to make an excuse.
“I’m ready to take responsibility for our failure. I never think to hold the post. It is perhaps time to give way to a new guy to do the job,” said Kasem.