| BANGKOK (Nov 20, 2007) – Thailand advanced into the next round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers when they beat Yemen 1-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win in the second leg of the second round of the qualifiers at the Supachalasai Stadium.
The result at the end of the first leg the previous week in Yemen was a 1-1 draw and where following the win in Bangkok, it has allowed the side from Asean to advance into the third round of the qualifying campaign.
The only goal of the evening came off striker Sarayuth Chaikamdee in the 16th minute when he headed in a corner from Tawan Sripan.
“I am very happy with the team,” said Chanvit Phalavijin, the head coach for Thailand.
“We made several chances and hit the woodwork and controlled the game well. Every player put in a good performance.”
Thailand will join Singapore in the third round of the qualifiers following the island republic’s 3-1 aggregate win over Tajikistan in the second round.
Following their 2-0 victory over Tajikistan in the first leg in Singapore, the Lions’ 1-1 draw on the road gave them the ticket to play in the next round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Tajikistan took the early lead in the fourth minute off Jamshed Ismailov before prolific striker Noh Alam Shah restored parity in the 26th minute.
The draw for the third round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers will be made on Nov 25 in Durban, South Africa with the matches to be played in February 2008.
In the meantime, Indonesia confirmed their exit from the second round of the qualifiers when they conceded a 7-0 loss in the second leg in Damascus for an 11-1 defeat on aggregate.
The score in the first leg in Jakarta was 4-1 in favour of Syria.