Road to the Final: Thailand

FOX Sports Asia takes a look at how the defending champions made their way to the AFF Suzuki Cup final.

Group stage

The defending champions opened with a high-scoring victory over Indonesia. Leading thanks to an early volley from Peerapat and a scrappy 38th-minute goal from Teerasil Dangda, Indonesia hit back after the break with a header from Boaz Solossa and another from Lerby three minutes later before Teerasil netted two late goals to complete his hat-trick.

In the second group game a late goal from Sarawut Masuk saw off a dogged Singapore side 1-0, before the War Elephants completed the group stage with another 1-0 win over co-hosts the Philippines. Sarawut was once again the hero with an 81st-minute winner after running onto a through ball.

Semifinals

A dominant Thailand swept aside Myanmar in the semifinals with strong showings in both legs.

The first leg in Myanmar was a one-sided affair with Teerasil netting a goal in each half, the first a quality finish into the roof of the net after being put through by Chanatip Songkrasin. Teerasil’s second goal was even better as he beat two men before stroking the ball into the bottom corner.

Teerasil has hit five goals en-route to the final.

The second leg in Bangkok saw the Thai’s earn a comfortable 4-0 win for a 6-0 aggregate win overall.

Goals from Sarawut, Siroch Chattong, Chanatip Songkrasin and a Theerathon Bunmanthan penalty put the Thais into the final where they will face the only team to have scored against them so far in Indonesia.

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