Defending champion Thailand reach SEA Games semi-final for the third time in a row after beating Myanmar at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was Myanmar who put the pressure on their opponents in the opening proceedings by forcing a corner within the first 60 seconds.
However, Thailand were unfazed and had a chance to open the scoring in the seventh minute but Maikami Rattanakorn sent his free-kick from the left sailing over the Myanmar crossbar.
Despite being overwhelmed by the attacking power from Thais, Gerd Zeise’s side still conjured up a counter attack of their own. Their most significant effort came in the 50th minute as Htike Htike Aung forced the Thailand goalkeeper to produce his best to save a free-kick from 30 yards out.
Thailand and Myanmar matched each other for most parts of the match and both had chances to take the lead, but the game remained scoreless.
Attacking efforts from Worawoot Srimaka’s squad was finally paid off when Chenrop took advantage of a defensive miscue by Myanmar to nod home Suriya Singmui’s cross from the left steer his team into yet another SEA Games final.
In the other semi-final, a late goal from Thanabalan Nadarajah earned hosts Malaysia spot in SEA Games final over arch rivals Indonesia.