MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines kicked off their participation in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Thailand, despite challenging the locals in the final minutes in Bangkok on Saturday, November 24.
Displaying better individual skill and collective passing game, the War Elephants completely outplayed the Azkals in the first half.
Thailand scored twice in a span of just 3 minutes with Pornsai and Kitpongsri hitting the net in the 38th and 41st minutes.
Thai dominance continued well into the second half, until Patrick Reichelt sped down the right wing and passed the ball back for Paul Mulders to shoot it into the back of the net in the 76th minute.
With 15 minutes left, Thailand wasted time and only allowed the Philippines one more chance, but it was then too late.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss was sent off in the 81st minute for throwing a ball at a Thai player he thought was faking an injury to waste time.
Weiss will presumably be suspended for the Philippines’ next match on Tuesday against 2008 champions Vietnam. – Rappler.com