Defending champions Thailand in SEA Games semifinals after routing Brunei
Thailand cruised to a fourth consecutive Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Group B victory routing Brunei 5-0 at the Bishan Stadium on Saturday night.
The result was never in question as the defending champions went for the jugular from the get go with a Chenrop Samphaodi brace and one each from Thitiphan Puangjan, Nurul Sriyankem and Tristan Do to claim three points and a spot in the semifinals scheduled for Jun. 13.
Fielding a team of reserves such as Chaowat Veerachart, Pakorn Parmpak and Siwakorn Chakkuprasart, the War Elephants dominated possession and played some superb one-touch football.
Chenrop opened the floodgates when he latched onto a through ball from Thitiphan before slotting the ball past an onrushing Dani Ahsanuddin.
Rungrat Phumichantuk had the ball in the back of the net in the 28th minute but referee Aziz Asimov ruled offside.
Thailand were not to be denied three minutes later when Veerachart's perfect lob over the defence gave Chenrop the easy task of glancing his header in to give Choketawee Promrat's side a two-goal advantage.
The Thais scored their third when a well-worked free kick in the 53rd minute between Veerachart and Thitiphan saw the latter angling a shot into the bottom left corner to continue their dominance.
French-born right-back Tristan Do was next to breach the Brunei defence when he won the ball off Suhaimi Anak Sulau in the 70th minute before firing an unstoppable shot past a hapless Ahsanuddin for Thailand's fourth goal of the game.
Substitute Nurul made it five for the War Elephants in injury time to cap a wonderful performance for the men in blue.
In Group A, Indonesia recorded their first win of the tournament with a 6-1 win over Cambodia at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
A hat trick by Muchlis Hadi Ning and one each from Evan Dimas, Wawan Pebriyanto and Ahmad Nufiandani sealed all three points for Aji Santoso's team to put themselves in the running for a semifinal spot.
Indonesia have three points, the same as hosts Singapore and Cambodia. Group A leaders Myanmar have six.