CHONBURI (23 August 2019) – Hosts Thailand smashed Malaysia 7-0 to win Group A of the AFF Women’s Championship 2019 as they made the semifinals of the meet in style.
With the win, Thailand will take on Myanmar in the final four in two days as the Philippines – who emerged as the runners-up from the group – will play Vietnam.
“I was not happy with the performance. The result was secondary. Today, there were too many individual play and not enough as a team. And that is not good,” said Thailand head coach Naruphon Kaenson after the game. “Obviously, we have to be better for the semifinals.”
The Malaysians, who needed to win their last game in the group by beating FIFA World Cup side Thailand by a whopping 13 goals, did not have the best of start when they found themselves done in after just two minutes.
In the confusion of a cross from the right, Pengngam Saowalak stabbed the ball home for the lead as her header twelve minutes later following a block from Malaysian keeper Nurul Azurin Mazlan doubled the advantage for the home team.
The Malaysians tried to make a game of it as they were far from being defensive but it was obvious that it was going to take a lot to play against the defending champions.
The Thais would close the first half by adding three more goals through Waenngoen Orapin in the 26th minute, Pengngam (35th) and then Saengchan Khwanrudi (43rd).
Saengchan then added Thailand’s sixth goal through Saenchan’s header as Pengngam then completed the rout with her fourth goal of the game four minutes to the end.
RESULTS – 23 August 2019
Singapore 0 Philippines 4
Thailand 7 Malaysia 0
FINAL GROUP STANDINGS
- Teams in bold qualify for semifinals