Thailand capture cup and cash prize (October 30, 2006)



Thailand's Asian Games side fought back from two goals down to capture the Agribank Cup yesterday after drawing 2-2 with hosts Vietnam at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi. Thailand won the trophy without Sutee Suksomkij, who went back to the S-League in Singapore before the match.


Thailand nearly went ahead in the third minute but just missed the target and then the home side shot wide at the other end.




Both sides continued to create chances but neither were able to break through before the interval.


In the second half, the Vietnamese got the first goal of the match through a free-kick.


Vu Van Nguyen stepped up to shoot home in the 58th minute to give his side the advantage.


The big local crowd urged their team on, who were lifted by the success and went in search of another.


Just seven minutes later they added to the tally when Le Cong Vinh headed home.


To their credit, Thailand kept working hard despite being 2-0 down and they managed to pull one back in the 71st minute with a 25-yard belter from Datsakorn Thonglao.


Now it was Vietnam's turn on the rack and Thailand grabbed the equaliser two minutes later through Thana Chanaboot.


Thailand coach Charnwit Phalajivin said he had been pleased with the fightback.


''We conceded two goals very easily but I am very proud of the team,'' he said.


''They have a good fighting spirit and used that to get the draw.''


Thailand received 1.4 million baht for winning the tournament while Vietnam pocketed 740,000 baht. Third-placed New Zealand were awarded 370,000 baht.