Supachai Chaided reacts after scoring a goal for Thailand.
Supachai Chaided reacts after scoring a goal for Thailand.

Thailand draw level with Qatar in Asian Games opener

sports August 15, 2018 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Substitute Supachai Chaided’s late header helped Thailand to draw a 1-1 tie with Qatar  in their Asian Games Group B football competition at the Pakan Sari Stadium on Tuesday.



The Worrawoot Srimaka’s side fought bravely throughout the game after Thailand lost an early goal by a kick from Hazem Shehata just six minutes from start.  

Thailand came close to their first scoring opportunity in the 23rd minute through a kick from Chenrop Samphaodi but it flew over horizontal bar. The Thai striker launched another attempt 13 minutes later but it was saved by Qatari goalkeeper Al Bakri Mohammed.

Thailand launched a series of raids in the second half but never pulled it off until the Buriram United’s forward Supachai headed it home in the 92nd minute.

Thailand will play Bangladesh who lost to Uzbekistan 0-3 in the other Group B match in the second preliminary round on Thursday at 4pm Bangkok time.