The Thai National Football Team have been knocked out of the AFC Asia Cup last 16 losing 2-1 to China.
The War Elephants made a bright start by taking the lead through Buriram youngster Supachai Jaided. The 20-year old winger collected Thitipan Puangchan’s shot swivelled and buried his shot into the back of the net.
Thailand came out in the second half with a more defensive mindset. However individual errors proved costly for Thailand. Firstly deputy goalkeeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen failed to decisively deal with Xiao Zhi attempt after beating Chalermpong Kerdkaew to a header. The goalkeeper was only able to parry the header directly back to the striker for him to convert in the 66th minute.
Following this Chalermpong Kerdkaew once again was at fault, making a rash challenge in the box on Chinese midfielder Wu Xi. The penalty was hammered in to the roof of the net by Gao Lin.
There was a glimmer of home in the 92nd minute when Thai centre back Pansa Hemviboon controlled the ball on the edge of the Chinese box and took a half speculative volley requiring a very good save from Yan Junling.
China are now due to play Iran in the Round of 8 quarter-finals after Iran defeated Oman 2-0 in their late game.