WCQ Review: Thailand maintain unbeaten run, Heavyweights win comfortably

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Thailand continued their unbeaten in the and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers campaign with a 4-2 victory over Chinese Taipei at Rajamangala National Stadium on Thursday night.

Kiatisuk Senamuang’s men had to wait until four minutes before the break for Teerasil Dangda to cancel out Yaki Yen’s early opener. Pokklaw Anan made it 2-1 for the Thais but Huang Kai-chun restored parity for the visitors.

The War Elephants got their right momentum when Thana Chanabut set up fan-favourite Adisak Kraisorn to put the home side ahead before the provider turned scorer by sealing a hard-fought win.

On the other games, Asian heavyweights enjoyed comfortable wins with South Korea beat 4-0, Japan brushed aside 3-0 and Australia bounced back from October’s loss in Jordan to defeat Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in Canberra.

produced the matchday’s biggest win by mauling Bhutan 12-0 and Malaysian woes continued after losing 6-0 to the Palestine with Ahmad Abu Nahyeh completing a hat-trick.

While Yemen prevented Philippines from taking a grip on third with a 1-0 win at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila after Ahmed Al Sarori’s goal seven minutes from time securing the visitors’ first points of the round.

Full results of Thursday’s WCQ

Group A
Palestine 6-0
UAE 8-0 Timor Leste

Group B
Australia 3-0 Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan 5-0 Bangladesh

Group C
Maldives 0-1 Hong Kong
China 12-0 Bhutan

Group D
Iran 3-1 Turkmenistan
India 1-0 Guam

Group E
Singapore 0-3 Japan
Afghanistan 3-0 Cambodia

Group F
Thailand 4-2 Chinese Taipei

Group G
South Korea 4-0 Myanmar
Lebanon 7-0 Laos

Group H
Philippines 0-1 Yemen
3-1 North Korea

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