Tuesday , January 19 2021

Elephants of war do not show mercy to East Timor

Thailand's striker Adisak Kraisorn on the left, scores against East Timor in the Suzuki Cup last night. photo: varuth hirujyatheb

Striker Adisak Kraisorn continued his impressive return to the Thai national team with a spectacular six-goal flash that set the stage for a 7-0 victory for Elephants of War in the Suzuki Cup match in Timor Leste last night.

Shortly before the break, Adisak scored 4-0 in favor of Thailand's champions and pushed the match in Timor Leste.

Thais began to show its superiority to regional wonders as soon as a considerable crowd at Bangkok's Rajamangala National Stadium ended a silence of minutes to respect Leicester President Vichai Srivaddhaprabha, who lost his life in – a tragic helicopter accident in England on October 27th.

The game was only 3 minutes, and the crowd was still pouring in as Sanrawat Detchmitr made a brief pass from the Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri to Adisak to score shortly.

Sanrawat was again the man behind a 12-minute long ball for Adisak, Thailand's chief executioner, who struck a bang over the head of goalkeeper Aderito Raul Fernandes from East Timor to double the team's advantage host.

Italy's third goal came in half an hour, when Nurul Sriyankem brought Adisak a counterattack to finish the hat trick.

A few minutes before midnight, the defense champions were twice secured by three points from the B-group opener, as Adisak rose over everyone else to advance to the corner of Korrakot and made 4-0 for the host team.

Adisak, the only player in the SCG Muang Thong United team, was hungry for more while he hit the net twice twice in the second half.

After hitting a short hand at home from Mongkol Thosakrai, Adisak kept calm to convert a penalty of 57 minutes after Nurul was thrown to the ground by a player from Timor Leste in the box.

Timor Leste received a shot 15 minutes later, when goalkeeper Fernandes entered Mongkol in a courtyard in front of the box and was given the march orders.

However, until then the war elephants lifted their foot from the gas pedal and while creating a few openings later in the game, only the young Supachai Chaided managed to add a time gap for injury in Thai.

In the second match of group B, last night, a midfield highway shot, Hariss Harun, proved to be enough for Singapore, which scored 2016 in Indonesia's 1-0 ranking.

The Philippines is the fifth team in group B.

Thailand's biggest victory last night led them to Group B ahead of Singapore due to an excellent goal difference.

The regional football championship has grown in group matches Thursday night, when Vietnam defeated Laos 3-0 and Malaysia scored 1-0 Cambodia. Myanmar, the fifth group, begins its campaign Monday with a clash with Cambodia.

The two finalists in each group of five teams advance to the semifinals, which will be played early next month with a two-legged final to be played on December 11 and 15.

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