| BANGKOK (7 Sept 2008) – Argentina swept to the top of the Thailand 5s with a commanding 14-0 thrashing of Vietnamese club side Thai Son Nam at the Nimibutr Stadium.
The Argentines, the losing finalists at this year KL 5s, had beaten Japan 3-1 in the first game of the tournament.
And against Thai Son Nam, the South American side were in firm control as they romped to a 7-0 lead at the break.
Sanchez Carlos grabbed a hat-trick with goals in the first, 10th and 24th minute while Rescia Maximiliano (15th and 38th) and Corazza Sebastian Ariel (39th and 34th) nailed a brace each.
The other goal scorers apart from an own goal from Nguyen Dinh Hoang in the fifth minute were Amas Edgardo Martin (11th), Riente Mauro Damian (15th), Planas Leandro Miguel (17th), Elias Santiago Daniel (28th), Borruto Cristian Allejandro (31st) and Maina Lucas Emiliano (32nd).
In the meantime, hosts Thailand also picked up their second win with a close 3-2 victory over Japan.
The score at the half was 2-1 in favour of Thailand with goals off Ekapong Suratsawang in the second minute and Sermphan Khumthinkaew in the eighth minute as Japan pulled a goal back from Takaaki Ichihara in the 19th minute.
Sermphan was on target again eight minutes after the restart for a two-goal advantage although Japan did stage a late rally to score their second goal in the game off Kenta Fujii in the 39th minute.
1. ARGENTINA 6pts (+16)
2. THAILAND 6pts (+7)
3. JAPAN 0pt (- 3)
4. THAI SON NAM (VIETNAM) 0pt (-20)
PIC: Argentina (in light blue/white shirt) against Thai Son Nam (in dark blue shirt)