India go down to Thailand 1-0 (5/09/2010)
Bangkok: AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ side India lost to Thailand by a solitary goal in an international friendly here on Saturday.
The only goal of the match was scored in the 72nd minute by Thai Port striker Sarayoot Chaikamdee.
Both the teams are coached by Englishmen but it was the Bryan Robson-led Thai hosts who underlined their intent first when Teerasil Dangda found his shot rattling the cross bar in the fourth minute.
Bob Houghton’s India managed to keep a rampant Thailand at bay in the first half even as several half-chances went abegging for the AFC Asian Cup team.
Surkumar Singh hit straight at the goalkeeper in the 22nd minute and pin-up boy Sunil Chettri, who plays for MLS side Kansas City Wizards, struck the woodwork just before half-time.
The Indians came back strongly after the break and piled up the pressure on the Thais.
But it was Thailand who forged ahead when a Suchao Nutnum pass met Sarayoot who hit a fierce drive past goalkeeper Subrata Pal.
The return match takes place in New Delhi on Wednesday.