Poland prove too strong (21 January 2010)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA : Thailand's hopes of winning the King's Cup was virtually ended last night when they lost 3-1 to 10-man Poland.
Goals from Kamil Glik after 42 minutes, Patryk Malecki (52) and substitute Marcin Robak (85) finished off Bryan Robson's men. The hosts got a consolation from Therdsak Chaiman's spot kick in the dying moments.
In yesterday's other match, defending champions Denmark thrashed Singapore 5-1 in the four-team round-robin tournament at His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium.
After two games, Denmark are on course to retain the title with six points. Poland and Thailand each have three points, while Singapore are still looking for their first point.
In the final round of matches on Saturday, Thailand take on Denmark and Poland meet Singapore.
To lift the coveted trophy, the Thais need to beat Denmark by a massive scoreline and hope Poland fail to beat Singapore by a big margin.
In last night's action, Poland, who were defeated 3-1 by Denmark in their opening game, used their physical advantage to trouble Thailand throughout.
Both sides had chances in the first half but the first goal came just before the interval. A poor clearance by the Thai defenders allowed Glik to hit the ball home in a goal-mouth melee following a free-kick after 42 minutes.
Malecki doubled the scoreline after 52 minutes, again courtesy of Thailand's poor defence.
Thailand, who edged Singapore 1-0 in their first match, then piled pressure on Poland but created few scoring chan ces.
Thailand's hopes were boosted when Peszko Slawomir was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for feigning injury in the 84th minute.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, Poland got their third goal through Robak moments later to put the match beyond any doubt.
In injury time, Therdsak was fouled in the area and the veteran midfielder made it 3-1 from the spot.
Robson was upset by his men's defensive blunders and lack of discipline.
''We played well in the first half but conceded the goal because of a set-play. This should not have happened,'' said the English coach.
He said his players became indisciplined after they conceded the second goal. ''This is a lesson for the team,'' Robson said.
The former England skipper admitted that Thailand virtually had no chance of winning the tournament.
However, he said his team would try to finish second although Poland seem to be in a better position to clinch the runner-up spot.
Poland coach Smuda Franciszek said it was an entertaining game and he was pleased with the result and his player's performance.
He said his main aim was not for the team to win the tournament but rebuild a new squad for the 2012 European Championship with Poland being a co-host.
In yesterday's earlier match, Denmark got five goals from five different players _ Jim Larsen, Jakob Poulsen (penalty), Rajko Lekic, Mikkel Thygesen and Soren Rieks. Fazrul Nawaz scored a consolation for Singapore in the final minutes.
P W D L F A Pts
Denmark 2 2 0 0 8 2 6
Poland 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
Thailand 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
Singapore 2 0 0 2 1 6 0