Iraq edges Thailand 2-1 in World Cup qualifiers

Thailand lost 1-2 to Iraq in Asia’s final stage of the World Cup qualifiers on Thursday night (Aug 31) at Ratchamangala stadium.

Thailand had the chance for a goal 2 minutes into the game when Tiratorn Boonmatun passed the ball to Chanathip Songkrasin who passed the ball on to the box but Mongkol Tossakrai was too slow and missed the ball.

Another chance came in the 15th minute when Thirasilp Daengda was fouled slightly outside the box but Tiratorn’s penalty kick hit one of the Iraqi players and the ball was deflected out of the pitch.

Iraq took the lead 34 minutes into the match with a goal from Justin Meram.

In the second half, the Thai team tried harder to equalize but it was unsuccessful, prompting coach Milovan Rajevac to replace Mongkol with Tristan Do at the 54th minute.

A kick by Tristan Do at 63th minute hit an Iraqi player and the ball deflected into the Iraqi goal, bringing to score to 1-1.

Coach Rajevac then replaced Phirapat with Siroj Chatthong at the 67th minute, but at the 71st minute Thitipan Puangchan fouled an Iraqi player in the box and was given the second yellow card amounting to red card, leaving the Thai squad to 10 players.

The Thai team’s situation got worse until the 82nd second when Chalermpong Kerdkaew fouled Mohammad Abdul-Raheem in the box. The penalty kick gave Iraq the lead 2-1 until the end of the game.