Thailand Player Ratings - Hero to villian
The first leg of the finals saw Teerasil Dangda give the War Elephants a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute but the Garudas replied with goals from Rizki Pora and Hansamu Yana in the second period to send the crowd wild.
Theerathon proved to be the hero and villain after assisting Teerasil for the goal, only to give the ball away to Rizki to allow the equaliser. Kiatisuk Senamuang and his men will have to earn it the hard way in the second leg if they are to make it back-to-back titles.
Kawin Thamsatchanan – 6.5
Could not be faulted for the equaliser. Pulled off a superb save from Boaz Solossa’s cross in the 63rd minute to keep his team in the lead.
Theerathon Bunmathan – 5.5
Provided the assist on Teerasil’s goal but became the villain when his misplaced pass gave the ball to Rizki who made Thailand pay.
Adison Promrak – 5.5
Put in a decent shift as Thailand switched to four at the back but a moment of poor control saw him put the ball out for a corner kick in the 21st minute that could have been costly.
Koravit Namwiset – 6
Came in ahead of Tanaboon Kesarat and was a calming influence alongside Adison. Almost got himself an assist in the first half when he floated a header back across goal only for Sarawut Masuk to misjudge his volley.
Tristan Do – 7.5
Full of energy from the start as he gave Rizki Pora a taste of his own medicine in terms of speed. Had a couple of great runs down the right and was Thailand’s best outlet going forward. Arguably the right-back of the tournament so far.
Sarach Yooyen – 7.5
There is no one in Southeast Asia who can topple him as the best central midfielder at the moment. But was let down by his teammates who failed to match his levels.
Pokklaw A-Nan – 7
Came into the tournament as a relative unknown but his ability to defend and attack justified why Zico started him ahead of Charyl Chappuis.
Kroekit Thawikan – 5
A surprise start but there were glimpses of his intelligent runs. Needs to be more decisive down the flanks if Thailand are to win their fifth Suzuki Cup title.
Sarawut Masuk – 5
After his goalscoring exploits earlier in the tournament, Sarawut was not at his best. Had a golden opportunity in the 14th minute when Koravit found him unmarked off a corner, skied his volley wide.
Chanathip Songkrasin – 7
Stole the ball in the eighth minute and put his shot narrowly wide. Dropped deeper as the game went on to cover up for Sarawut and Kroekit's ineffectiveness.
Teerasil Dangda – 7.5
What more can you say about this man? Quiet throughout the first half but when he did get the chance from Theerathon’s cross, there was always going to be only one outcome.