Thursday, January 21, 2010

King's Cup action

Thailand and Singapore both succumbed to heavy defeats in the King’s Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Wednesday as the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification rivals lost to Poland (3-1) and Denmark (5-1) respectively.

Thailand found themselves a goal down with three minutes of the first-half of the match at His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium played with defender Kamil Glik breaking the deadlock.

Poland doubled their lead seven minutes after the interval through Patryk Malecki before striker Marcin Robak netted the third with his first international goal in the 85th minute, just 60 seconds after the Poles were reduced to ten men after midfielder Peszko Slawomir picked up his second booking of the match.

Veteran playmaker Therdsak Chaiman (pictured) grabbed a late consolation for Thailand with the inaugural AFC Champions League MVP successfully converting a stoppage-time penalty.

Meanwhile, Singapore suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 6-0 to Iran in an 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier a little over a year ago with reigning King’s Cup champions Denmark easing to a 5-1 win.

Five different players provided the goals for the Danes with Jim Larsen, Jakob Poulsen (penalty), Rajko Lekic, Mikkel Thygesen and Soren Rieks all on target, while Gombak United’s Fazrul Nawaz scored for the Lions.

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