Thailand Player Ratings: Teerasil put in masterclass against Indonesia

The War Elephants trounced Indonesia 4-2 in the opening match of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup to get their title defence off to a convincing start. Kenneth Tan dishes out the grades to the holders...

Kawin Thamsatchanan 7

Generally a safe pair of hands throughout in between the sticks and could not be faulted for conceding both goals. Came up big when needed, repelling a Boaz Solossa shot deep into injury time that preserved all three points for his side.

Adison Promrak 6

A tough night for the 23-year-old, who struggled as the right-most defender in a three-man defence. Misread both aerial situations which led to the two Indonesia goals. Fared slightly better when moved to right wing-back for the final half-hour.

Tanaboon Kesarat 6.5

Generally did well at the heart of defence and covered Adison on a couple of occasions when the latter went AWOL. Was a bit nervous after Indonesia equalised, but recovered well and showed good composure in key situations towards the end. 

Pratum Chuthong 6

Saw a lot of the ball and performed adequately to contain Indonesia’s threat down the left. Could have found himself on the scoresheet, but was not able to keep his header down in the 58th minute. 

Tristan Do 5.5

An uncharacteristically below-par performance from the French-born wing-back after suffering a bad fall in the first half. Was not tight enough to his man to prevent the cross from coming in for Indonesia’s first goal, and limped off after 63 minutes.

Sarach Yooyen 7.5

One of the star performers of the night. The midfield enforcer was literally everywhere on the pitch, cleaning things up in the middle and kept the play going with a few neat one-twos. Performed a perfect lay-off for Teerasil to thump home the decisive third goal.

Pokklaw Anan 6.5

A reason why Sarach shone is because of all the dirty work which this man did in front of the back four. Did well to keep the ball in the central areas and was happy to sit back to contain the pressure.

Peerapat Notchaiya 7

A shock starter ahead of captain Theerathon and repaid coach Kiatisuk’s faith by sending the War Elephants on the way with a sizzling first-time volley on four minutes. Did well to contain the speedy threat of Andik Vermansyah down his flank before coming off on 73 minutes.

Chanathip Songkrasin 7.5

There’s a reason why this man is called ‘Messi Jay’. The diminutive playmaker was a real thorn in the side of Indonesia defence with his mazy dribbles and change of pace. Playing in the hole behind the strikers, his vision shone as he laid two perfect balls for Teerasil to tap home.

Siroch Chatthong 6.5

Started the game on fire by forcing Rudolof Basna into a defensive error before setting up Peerapat to score, but fizzled out a little after the game went on. Still, his unwavering spirit in chasing lost causes was commendable and gave the rest of the attackers much more room to manoeuvre.

Teerasil Dangda 9

The match-winner with a clinical hat-trick. What else can we say? The captain on the night started the first half-hour slowly, but recovered well and found himself at the right place at the right time to poke home the opener. His only blemish was perhaps hitting the bar from two yards out in the first half but his coach will find that easy to forgive…

Substitutes

Koravit Namwiset 6.5

Came on midway through the second half to replace the injured Tristan and slotted seamlessly in defence. Helped to steady the ship during a period when things could have easily gone wrong for the Thais.

Theerathon Bunmanthan 6

Replaced Peerapat on 73 minutes and did his part with a few good forward runs. Was involved in the initial build-up for Teerasil’s second goal.

Charyl Chappuis N.A.

Came on for the jaded Siroch for the final seven minutes and did not have much time to make an impact. Had a good chance right before the end and should have at least put it on target. 

Photos: Asian Football Federation