Analysis

Thailand player ratings: Teerasil puts War Elephants on verge of another final

Once again, Thailand got the job done without really breaking into third gear. Two goals from Teerasil Dangda give the War Elephants a 2-0 win, putting one foot into the final. Who else apart from their captain performed? FourFourTwo dishes out the ratings... 

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Kawin Tamsatchanan – 7

Yet another faultless game from the goalkeeper. Had barely anything to do in the first half, but when Myanmar ramped up the pressure in the second, he was alert enough to produce a couple of good saves.

Tristan Do – 6.5

The right wing-back certainly caused all sorts of problems in the first half with his forays down the right. Faded as the game went on, which saw him staying back more often instead.

Adison Promrak – 7

A steady performance for the right-sided centre-back. Kept Mg Mg Lwin quiet down his side and that helped to negate Myanmar’s attacking threat greatly.

Tanaboon Kesarat – 7.5

Tanaboon has been one of the more outstanding players of the tournament so far and it showed once more against Myanmar as he put in another superb shift. Playing in the centre of Thailand’s three-man backline, Tanaboon was not only great at organising his side at the back, but also with his distribution out from the back.

Koravit Namwiset – 6.5

Struggled a little to deal with Aung Thu’s pace down the left side of the defence, but ultimately did well enough to help his team keep a clean sheet. Also did a good job of covering for Theerathon whenever the left wing-back ventured forward.

Theerathon Bunmathan – 7

The wing-back had a slightly more subdued outing than normal, as he found it hard to penetrate Myanmar down the left. But like the smart player he is, Theerathon found another way to contribute and he was involved in the build-up in the first goal. Did his job defensively too and was unlucky that one of his free-kicks did not find the back of the net.

Sarach Yooyen – 8

The midfield lynchpin for Thailand proved why he might just be the best in his position in this region. Played the game at his pace and forced Myanmar to adapt to it instead. Controlled the game from midfield and Thailand would certainly be a poorer team without him.

Pokklaw Anan – 7

Had a great game as both he and Sarach helped Thailand to assert dominance in the middle of the park. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his effort in the second half too. Replaced by Charyl Chappuis in the 75th minute as coach Kiatisuk looked to inject more energy for the last 15 minutes.

Teerasil Dangda – 9

Had the chance to put Thailand up early but took the wrong option to pass instead of shooting from a one-on-one situation. More than atoned for it with his two goals later though and was heavily involved in attack. Another top-notch performance from the Thailand captain.

Chanathip Songkrasin – 8.5

As usual, he pulled the strings for his country from his attacking midfield role. Combined superbly with his captain Teerasil to unlock Myanmar’s defence on a number of occasions as well and could have had a few assists to his name had his teammates been more clinical. He will be key in the second leg for sure. Replaced by Sarawut in the 80th minute.

Kroekrit Thawikan – 6.5

The forward made full use of the chance he was given as the lone striker, as his off-the-ball runs caused all sorts of issues for the Myanmar backline. That helped to open up space for both Teerasil and Chanathip to operate.

Substitutes

Sirod Chatthong – 6.5

Replaced Kroekrit as Thailand look to make use of his size to hold onto the ball in the attacking third and he did just that. Almost got onto the scoresheet within seconds of coming on too. A good cameo from the striker.

Charyl Chappuis – N/A

Replaced Pokklaw as Thailand look to inject more energy in the middle of the park. Didn’t really have the time to assert his authority on the game though.

Sarawut Masuk – N/A

Sent on for Chanathip in the last 10 minutes to give the star attacking midfielder a rest. Like Chappuis, he didn’t have much time to stamp his authority in the game.