The Thai national football team put up a valiant effort but were ultimately defeated 2-1 by Australia yesterday dashing any slim hope they had at qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
The match was played in Melbourne, Australia, and Thailand needed nothing short of a win to keep hope of qualifying alive, Australia also needed to win in order to give them a chance of going to the World Cup which will be held in Russia.
The Australians put the pressure on right from the start but Thailand defended strongly adopting a 3-4-3 formation and despite several efforts on goal managed to keep a clean sheet throughout the first half.
All of Australia’s pressure finally paid off in the 69th minute when Tomie Urich headed home an opening goal to give Australia the lead in the tightly fought contest.
However Thailand battled back with an equaliser in the 82nd minute from a curled effort from Pokklaw Anan.
With just four minutes left on the clock and both teams pressing hard for the win it was Australia who got the breakthrough when Matthew Leckie scored the winner putting Australia 2-1 in the lead.
Australia won the match and currently sit in second place in the Asia Zone group which will take them to the World Cup in Russia as long as Saudi Arabia do not beat Japan in a match that will air at 12.30am tonight.
Source : Pattayaone
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