Thailand secured the 2-2 draw with DPR Korea in the last match of group stage but that was not enough for them to advance to quarter finals.
Three teams were still in with a chance of joining the East Asians in the last eight on a thrilling final day of Group B action, and with Japan maintaining their 100% record wit a 2-1 defeat of Saudi Arabia, DPR Korea’s draw with Thailand at the Grand Hamad Stadium saw Yun Jong-su’s side secure second place ahead of the Saudis and Thais courtesy courtesy of the greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned as all three sides ended their group stage campaign with two points.
Kim Yong-il opened the scoring for the North Koreans before Narubadin Weerawatnodom levelled, only for Yun Il-gwang to give Yun Jong-su’s side the lead at the half-time break.
Chanathip Songkrasin claimed a second equaliser for the Thais 12 minutes from time, but it was not enough to take Kiatisuk Senamuang’s side into the quarter-finals. DPR Korea now will take on the host Qatar in the last eight while Japan face Iran.
In the group C last matches, South Korea gained a 1-1 draw with the holders Iraq to maintain the top spot while Uzbekistan say farewell the tournament with 3-1 win over Yemen.
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