AFC Asian Cup: Thailand defeat Oman, Qatar draw with Vietnam
Friday, July 13, 2007
Vietnam started strongly, although failed to create any meaningful opportunities on the Qatar goal. However, their first real chance resulted in a goal after thirty-two minutes. Vietnam striker Phan Thanh Bình sent the ball towards goal from 25 yards, and the Qatar goalkeeper Mohamed Saqr had the ball slip through his hands and trickle over the line.
The score was 1-0 at half time. After the break, Qatar had most of the chances to score. Magid Mohamed hit the post with a curling shot in the sixty-second minute, and the ball was cleared away after a goal-line scramble.
The Qatar team ahd a chance to take the lead after eighty-four minutes, when Quintana played a through-ball past the defence into the feet of Ali Hassan Afeef. Afeef, one-on-one with goalkeeper Hong Son, lifted his ball over the Vietnamese 'keeper only to see it hit the crossbar and land back in the field of play. Vietnam cleared the ball away and averted the danger.
The first goal, in the seventieth minute, was a low volley from six yards out. Winothai crossed the ball low and fast from the right-hand wing, and Thonkanya was on the end of the cross to shoot it home.
Thonkanya scored again in the seventy-eighth minute, after Winothai lofted a header into his path from midfield. Running with the ball, he took one touch on his chest and then half-volleyed the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.
Thailand currently sit atop Group A on four points, with Australia to play Iraq this afternoon (UTC).
- Group A: "AFC Asian Cup: Australia draw with Oman, hosts Vietnam upset UAE" — Wikinews, July 9, 2007
- Group B: "AFC Asian Cup: Qatar scores late to draw with defending champions Japan" — Wikinews, July 9, 2007
- "Qatar v Vietnam - Official Match Report" — , July 12, 2006
- "Oman v Thailand - Official Match Report" — , July 12, 2006