Thailand sink Kuwait 1-0 for third victory (December 06, 2006)



TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand made it through to the quarter-finals last night after beating Kuwait 1-0 in their final group game.

The result meant the side captured a maximum nine points from their three Group C fixtures.

Striker Teerathep Winothai scored from the spot in the first half to decide the match.

Thousands of Thai workers went to support the side, who sported a yellow strip to celebrate His Majesty the King's 79th birthday.

When Teerathep's spot-kick hit the back of the net the entire squad lined up, fell to their knees and waied to honour His Majesty.

There were some changes from the previous team with Thritthi Nonsrichai replacing Natthaphong Samana, who was suspended due to two yellow cards.

Sutee Suksomkit was replaced by Noppol Pitafai.

The Thais nearly got an early goal from Adtaporn Suwan but his shot was saved.

It was a cagey affair as the sides tried to keep possession.

Teerathep was booked in the 24th minute but he made all the difference 11 minutes later when Suchao Nutnum was fouled by Kuwaiti defender Ebrahim Saleh.

Indian referee Ajja Gowder pointed to the spot and Teerathep fired the ball home for a 1-0 lead.

During the interval, Thai fans at the Al-Gharrafa Stadium sang to celebrate His Majesty's birthday.

The match never really caught fire in the second half, although Thailand should have added more goals before the final whist