Woeful nine-man Thailand crash out in first round yet again (13/11/2011)

JAKARTA - Nine-man Thailand suffered their second straight first round exit in the football tournament after losing 3-1 to Indonesia in a stormy encounter last night.

Goals from Titus Bonai (33), Patrich Wanggai (63) and Ferdinan Sinaga (90) sent Indonesia to the semi-finals as one of the top two teams of Group A.

Ronnachai Rangsiyo gave Thailand a ray of hope in the 50th minute when he netted from the spot but the kingdom never really looked like fighting back.

With one round of matches to go, Indonesia lead the group with a maximum nine points. Malaysia have seven points, Singapore four, Thailand three and Cambodia zero.

In an ill-tempered match at Gelora Bung Karno (Senayan) stadium, Thailand were reduced to nine men as Teerathorn Bunmathan was sent off after just 12 minutes and Ekkasit Chaobut received his marching orders in the 74th minute.

It has been a miserable spell for Chaobut as this was his second red card in the space of just three days. He was dismissed in the full national side's 3-0 defeat at Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday and rushed to help the U23 team at the SEA Games.

With only 10 players after Teerathorn was sent off for a second bookable offence, Thailand put up a brave fight in front of a hostile crowd and kept a clean sheet until the 33rd minute when Titus opened the scoring.

However, five minutes into the second half, Thailand was awarded a penalty when Sarach Yooyen was tripped in the area and Ronnachai made no mistake from the spot.

But Indonesia went in front again in the 62nd minute when Patrich headed the ball home before Ferdinan put the match beyond any doubt in the dying moments as Thailand were eliminated in the first round in two SEA Games in a row for the first time.

''I am very sorry,'' said Thailand manager Kasem Jariyawatwong. I don't want to blamed the players or anyone _ I take full responsibility. I don't want to blame Teerathorn for being sent off. He is sad too. He still has a bright future. In football, anything can happen.''

He added: ''I don't want to talk about the referee. People can make their own judgement from what they saw.''

Worawi Makudi, president of the Football Association of Thailand, said: ''I am shocked. We were unluckly to have two players sent off.''

In yesterday's other Group A match, defending champions Malaysia defeated Cambodia 4-1.

Group A

P W D L F A Pts

Indonesia 3 3 0 0 11 1 9

Malaysia 3 2 1 0 6 2 7

Singapore 3 1 1 1 2 3 4

Thailand 3 1 0 2 6 6 3

Cambodia 4 0 0 4 2 16 0

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