Australia beats Thailand 2-1 in World Cup qualifying match

  • Mark Milligan of Australia (C) makes a goal attempt past Teerasil Dangda of Thailand during the World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Australia and Thailand in Melbourne on September 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

Thailand lost 1-2 to Australia in World Cup’s final qualifying match held Tuesday night (Sept 5) in Melburne.

Australia dominated the first half with the team having many chances of scoring, but Milovan Rajevac’s team put up strong defence by adopting the 3-4-3 formation with Theerathon Bunmathan playing mid-fielder while Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda spearheading the charge.

The first half was scoreless, but the Australian team’s effort paid off in the second half with a header into the net by Tomie Urich at the 69th minute.

Pokklaw Anan equalized in the 82nd minute with a beautiful curl into the net from the penalty box.  But just four minutes before the end of the match, Matthew Leckie scored the winning goal that put Australia 2-1 against Thailand.

As a result of this match, Australia now has 19 points, putting in the second ranking of the Asian Zone.

Australia will win a ticket to World Cup’s final in Russia if Saudi Arabia fails to win over Japan in another match due at 12.30 am tonight.