Thailand’s skipper Chanathip Songkrasin, who performs for Japanese-dependent club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, pretty much bagged his hattrick soon after the interval but his correct-footed hard work from outside the house the box went significant in the 57th minute. — Photo from Facebook/AFF Suzuki Cup
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Thailand’s skipper Chanathip Songkrasin generated a heroic performance as he scored a brace to assist the five-time winners beat defending champions Vietnam 2- in the initial-leg semifinal of the 2020 AFF Cup tonight.
In the match at the Singapore Countrywide Stadium, Vietnam conceded their first objective of the match as Chanathip capitalised on Nguyen Phong Hong Duy’s slip after a blistering counter assault in the 13th moment.
Chanathip then calmly slotted in his second aim by inserting the ball reduced in the still left bottom corner, many thanks to a beautifully crafted a single-touch enjoy with midfielder Sarach Yooyen and striker Teerasil Dangda 10 minutes later.
Nguyen Quang Hai nearly minimized the deficit for The Golden Dragons in the 33rd moment but his curling free kick struck Thailand’s ideal objective post.
Chanathip, who plays for Japanese-dependent club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, pretty much bagged his hattrick after the interval but his suitable-footed hard work from outside the box went higher in the 57th minute.
Vietnam, who appeared determined in the 2nd half, almost scored in the 67th minute but Quang Hai’s dipping shot hit the crossbar.
Chanathip also had his penalty kick saved by Tran Nguyen Manh in the 85th minute and the score line remained at that right until referee Saoud Al-Abda blew the last whistle.
Yesterday, hosts Singapore were being held to a 1-1 attract versus Indonesia in the other semifinal fixture at the very same location.
The second-leg semifinal involving Indonesia and Singapore will be performed on Saturday although the return leg of Thailand compared to Vietnam will be held a day later. — Bernama