Thailand draw with Iraq after dramatic comeback

sports September 09, 2015 18:17

By The Nation

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Thailand staged a remarkable fightback to snatch a 2-2 home draw with 2007 Asian Cup winners Iraq, which kept them at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F.

The visitors looked to have taken home valuable three points from the clash that pitted the top two sides in the section against each other as they were 2-0 up with ten minutes remaining at the packed Rajamangala National stadium.

However, the hosts refused to cave in, with captain Theerathon Bunmathan starting the comeback by converting an 80th-minute penalty. Mongkol Tossakrai then arrived at the far post three minutes later to bundle home a cross to salvage a potentially crucial point in a race for the top spot and automatic qualification for the Asian final qualifying round. 
The result left the Thais still in top spot with seven points from three games, three points ahead of the Iraqis, who played one game less.


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