Thailand defeat Korea's Jeonbuk Hyunday Motors 2-0 (February 02, 2008)



The Thai national team put on a good performance before leaving today for their crucial World Cup qualifier in Japan by defeating the strong Korean club side, Jeonbuk Hyunday Motors FC 2-0 in a warm-up match at Rajamangala stadium yesterday.

A good crowd showed up to cheer and Thailand attacked from the start.

After missing a number of chances Sutee Suksomkit opened the scoring for Thailand with an excellent 25-yard free kick in the 44th minute.

The second half was much the same story with plenty of Thai pressure.

The second goal came in the 69th minute when Sutee crossed the ball from the right and Phichitpong Cheuichiew was on hand to bang the ball home to make it 2-0.

Coach Chanvit Phalajivin said he was very pleased with his team's performance.

"It has given them a lot of confidence," he said. "We controlled most of the game and our players looked comfortable on the ball."

He said he was particularly pleased with the performance of the three foreign-based players, Sutee Suksomkit, Datsakorn Thonglao and Nirut Surasiang.

Team manager Kittiratt Na Ranong commented: "We are well prepared for Japan. Although we are underdogs, I really believe we have a chance of beating them."

Tha Thai team will face Japan on Wednesday in the World Cup qualifier.