Thailand beats Malaysia 1-0 in final soccer match

Thailand defeated Malaysia in the final men’s football match to defend their championship in the 29th SEA Games at the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor State Tuesday night (Aug 29).

The only goal in the game came from an own goal by Malaysia goalkeeper who was trying to block a corner kick from the Thai side at the 38th minute. He punched the ball but it swirled into the net behind him.

This was the third successive win for the Thai men’s national team in the SEA Games.

Five minutes into the game, Pithiwat Sukchitthammakul was felled by a kick from a Malaysian player in the penalty zone, but the referee did not blow the whistle, hence, depriving the Thai side of a penalty kick.

Another chance came in the 26th minute when Picha Uttra headed the ball from a corner kick at the first goal post, but the Malaysian goalkeeper deflected it out of the goal.

Chenrop Samphaodi missed the chance for the second goal at 52nd minute in the penalty zone.

The second half was scoreless as both sides were unable to score until the end of the game.

The game was played in front of about 80,000 Malaysians in the stadium who heartily cheered their players.

Thailand’s Nopphon Phonkam (C) and Chenrop Samphaodi (R) celebrate their team’s first goal against Malaysia during the men’s football final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA