Thailand moved to the top of their second round 2018 World Cup Qualifying Group with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in Taiwan. Having already defeated Vietnam 1-0 in Bangkok, Thailand have taken maximum points from their two games.
Thailand were dominant in the first-half in Taiwan and two well-taken goals by Teerasil, the second created by Buriram’s Theerathon, gave them a deserved half-time lead. Skipper Theerathon had an outstanding match, leading from the front.
The home side came into the game much more in the second-half, but the well-organized Thai defence restricted them to a handful of half-chances. Indeed, Thailand looked dangerous on the break and were the more likely team to score.
Thailand have never qualified for the World Cup Finals and still face a long road if they are to finally succeed. For the second round forty teams from Asia were divided into eight groups of five teams who then play each other home and away.
The eight group winners and the four best second placed teams go forward to the third round. They are then divided into two groups of six and teams play each other home and away.
The top two from both groups qualify for the World Cup Finals. The two third placed teams play each other home and away, the winners going through to the Inter-Confederation play-offs.
Thailand’s opponents in their group are Vietnam, Taiwan, Iraq and Indonesia.However, the group has been reduced to four teams as FIFA have suspended Indonesia.
The Indonesian government has taken over the Indonesian F.A. and FIFA rules do not allow any direct government intervention. This obviously helps Thailand’s cause,with two fewer games to play.
Thailands next game is in early September when they face Iraq at home.