Thailand likely to face Qatar (December 07, 2006)


Thailand's football team is likely to face the host, Qatar in the quarter final of the Asian Games tournament on Saturday.

After defeating Kuwait 1-0 on Tuesday night in an excellent performance, Thailand finished top of Group C. It looks like they will face Qatar although their is a slight possibility it might change after last night's matches which wrap up the opening round.

Yesterday, the Thai team had light training at the Al-Gharrafar stadium while several injured players were on the treatment table including Sutee Suksomkit, Suchao Nutnum, Hadtaporn Suwan and Thana Chanabut.

Thai coach Charnwit Phalajivin said it looked like the quarter-final opponents would be Qatar but he was not entirely certain. ''We have to wait for the first round to finish,'' he said.

''It would be a tough match against Qatar as they are the hosts and will have huge crowd support,'' he said.

For the moment he said he was more worried about injuries to key players.

''Physical therapist Rudd Miner from Germany will be examining them to check on their fitness,'' he said.

Also going through to the quarter-finals after Tuesday night's action were South Korea, Qatar and Uzbekistan.

South Korea went through as Group B winners with a 1-0 win over Bahrain thanks to a goal from Oh Beom Song in the 57th minute. They will meet the winner of Group F in the last eight _ either Japan or North Korea.

Qatar beat UAE 4-1 to grab one of the two best runners-spot.

They went into the game knowing they had to win by two goals to pip Kuwait who earlier lost top spot in Group C after losing 1-0 to Thailand.

Uruguayan-born Sebastian Soria scored twice with Abdulla Koni and Wesam Rizik adding to the total.

Uzbekistan eased through as Group A winners with a 3-1 win against Jordan.