Thailand slumped to their second consecutive defeat with their 1-0 loss against Malaysia, ending their extremely disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign with just one point from three games.
Here are our player ratings for the final match.
GK – Chatchai Budprom (7): He was well-positioned to deal with most of his shots, particularly one thunderous effort just before the break. Chatchai’s fine distribution is a welcome element of Thailand’s game, and the BG Pathum United keeper can feel somewhat unlucky not to save Safawi’s penalty.
RB – Narubadin Weerawatnodom (6): Narubadin took up a more central position when Thailand was constructing their attack and did a fine job supplying the ball to right-winger Jaroensak Wonggorn higher up the pitch. However, the Buriram captain got himself booked too early in the match, putting himself under unnecessary pressure, and slowly faded out of the game before getting subbed off.
CB – Suphan Thongsong (5): Suphan came into the side in the last minute following Manuel Bihr’s injury during the warm-up and took some time to get going. His defending was all over the place; he often left huge gaps in the defensive line as he sprinted off to closed-down opposition attackers. The Suphanburi FC captain barely won any aerial challenge against the Malaysian target-man.
CB – Sathaporn Dangsee (6): Once again, Sathaporn stood out for his ball-playing ability from the back and him being a left-footer helped Thailand create width more efficiently. There were a few rocky moments as Malaysia targeted most of their attacks down Thailand’s left-side, but overall, Sathaporn was the better of the two centre-backs.
LB – Ernesto (5): He put in a few neat crosses and looked lively going forward in the game’s opening minutes. Unfortunately, Ernesto’s defending wasn’t up to the same quality, and the opposition attackers heavily targeted the left-back. Ernesto conceded what some deem a clumsy penalty which handed Malaysia the victory. Overall, another forgettable night for Ernesto in the Changsuek colours.
CM – Thitiphan Puangchan (7): One of the few bright spots from Thailand’s final group game. Thitiphan ran his socks off and made two fantastic recovery tackles towards the end of the match, after a lung-bursting run, to keep Thailand in the game.
CM – Phitiwat Sukjitthammakul (6): The Chiangrai United captain put in a few solid challenges and held his position well without the ball but lacked the vision and spark to go on and create chances with it.
RW – Jaroensak Wonggorn (6.5): Added much-needed width to the team and was one of the liveliest attackers in the first half but disappeared as the game went on. Jaroensak put in a handful of delicious crosses from the right-flank and nearly created an assist for Thanawat with his cutback pass.
AM – Thanawat Suengchitthawon (7): The Leicester City U23 midfielder impressed for Thailand with his creativity, intelligent movement and hunger to win the ball back whenever he loses possession. Thanawat’s set-piece delivery was a joy to behold and, on another day, could have put away one of his chances.
LW – Supachok Sarachat (5.5): Supachok barely created any opportunities for himself or his teammates against Malaysia. He lost most of his one-on-one battles with Matthew Davies, the Malaysian right-back, and was ultimately sacrificed as Thailand chased the game.
ST – Suphanat Mueanta (6): Suphanat some nice runs and was just inches wide from a couple of solid chances. His link-up with Jaroensak Wonggorn and Supachok Sarachat showed signs of potential, but unfortunately, there was no end-product against Malaysia.
SUB – Sumanya Purisai (6): He strung together a few nice passes but wasn’t able to make a difference in the amount of time he was given.
SUB – Adisak Kraisorn: N/A
SUB – Sarach Yooyen: N/A
SUB – Tristan Do: N/A
SUB – Jakkaphan Kaewprom: N/A