Thailand has suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Saudi Arabia in the first game of the final round of their 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying campaign. A late penalty saw them slip to a heart-breaking defeat in Riyadh.
However, Thailand national team head-coach Kiatisuk saw positive signs in the defeat and remained optimistic about the War Elephants’ chances in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“Saudi Arabia is really strong now. We have lost four or five matches against them before, so I think it’s acceptable to lose 1-0 with a man less. The result shows that we have improved”, the former footballer told local newspapers.
“We are not disheartened. This is just our first game and we believe we will improve. At the moment, we should forget about the defeat and stay focus for the upcoming match against Japan”.
“However, we will look forward to playing against Saudi Arabia next year, at home”, Kiatisuk said.