Champions Denmark retain King's Cup (24 January 2010)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Denmark retained the King's Cup yesterday after beating Thailand 3-0 in their last round-robin match.
Goals from Lekic Rajko, Johan Absalonsen and Martin Bernburg ensured that the Danes had a perfect record in the four-team tournament at His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium.
In yesterday's other match, Poland thrashed Singapore 6-1 to finish second with two wins and one defeat.
Thailand were third with one win and two losses while Singapore lost all their three games.
With their superior skills and physique, Denmark were dominant throughout as the Thais tried to hit back with counter-attack.
There was little doubt about the outcome when Denmark went after after 18 minutes when Rajko headed home from a corner.
Absalonsen doubled the scoreline after 36 minutes for Denmark to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Thailand got off to a lively start in the second half when Sutee Suksomkit's long-range effort went over the bar.
Denmark goal-keeper Kim Christensen then had to save a fierce drive by Suttinun Phukhom in the 701th minute.
As Thailand failed to score, Bernburg finished off Bryan Robson's men with a late goal.
Although Thailand suffered two heavy defeats following their 3-1 loss to Poland, coach Robson praised his players' fighting spirit.
''Our players worked very hard in the tournament,'' said the former England captain. ''Poland and Denmark were much stronger than us and we could not do anything.''
He said the tournament provided him a good opportunity to watch his players compete at this level.
The former Manchester United skipper said Thailand played much better in the second half and should not have conceded the third goal.
He said Thailand should have done better had they had their foreign-based player.
Privy Councillor Adm Chumpol Pajusanont, who represented His Majesty the King, presented the trophy to Denmark.
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