Thailand’s Supachok Sarachat in action against Indonesia during the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 final at the National Stadium in Singapore on December 29, 2021. (Photo: Reuters / Caroline Chia)
Thailand’s Chanathip Songkrasin was in devastating shape when she won Indonesia in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 final on Wednesday (29 sixth Southeast Asian title.
Chanathip’s second-minute opener was the fastest goal scored in the regional competition final, while his second was seven minutes behind the break crowned a quick break for the Thais.
In the middle of the second half, Supachok Sarachat hit Thailand’s third, and Bordin Phala scored the fourth goal late.
Mano Polking’s Thais, who expand their record by five titles dominated the whole time when a young and inexperienced Indonesian team fought after Chanathip’s early start.
The Consadole Sapporo playmaker showed his class when he came to the first Ma l shot into the top corner after Philip Roller’s persistence ensured the Port FC winger set up his captain.
Bordin was denied two opportunities to counterattack the Thais on either side of an opening for the Indonesian Alfeandra Dewangga to add a second when the defender shot over the bar and only defeated goalkeeper Sivaruck Tedsungnoen.
Shin Tae-yong’s side had to regret this defeat when the Thais dashed their hopes in the second half.
Chanathip doubled Thailand’s lead seven minutes after the break when he put the finishing touches cool from the edge of the box after Supachok’s break into the Indonesian penalty area and put the ball down for the 28-year-old.
Supachok, who during The entire game was impressive, scoring his deserved hit in the 67th minute when he was after a more impressive job by Roller on the right en side calmly chose his place in the lower corner from a distance.
Bordin scored in the fourth with seven minutes remaining when he was played behind the defense by Worachit Kanitsribumphen to give the Thais a big advantage before the second leg .
The Suzuki Cup will be held centrally in a biosecure bubble in Singapore after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the competition to be postponed last year.
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