Thailand draw on Robson debut

BANGKOK - Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson began his international coaching career with a 1-1 draw for his Thailand team in a friendly against Syria on Sunday.

Playing in torrential rain, Thailand dominated throughout but went behind to Raja Rafe's 34th-minute penalty. Teerathep Winothai made amends for missing an earlier spot kick when he converted a header to equalise on 59 minutes.

"It was a good match today. We were unlucky but we came back very well especially in the second half where we controlled most of the game," Robson told reporters.