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HERE THEY COME!!! Thailand make it through to the historic AFC U23 quarter-finals

HERE THEY COME!!! Thailand make it through to the historic AFC U23 quarter-finals

The 1-1 draw against Iraq U23 was just enough for Thailand U23 to make history when it first appeared in the quarterfinals of an AFC U23 Championship.

HERE THEY COME!!! Thailand make it through to the historic AFC U23 quarter-finals

HERE THEY COME!!! Thailand make it through to the historic AFC U23 quarter-finals

HERE THEY COME!!! Thailand make it through to the historic AFC U23 quarter-finals

Thailand U23 entered the match against Iraq U23 with a very early advantage. Immediately after the first attack, the home side received a penalty. With the assist of VAR, the referee supposed that the ball touched an Iraqi U23 player's hands in the 16m50 area. Then, Jaroensak Wonggorn coolly defeated the opponent's goalkeeper to open the score.

The opening goal helped Thailand U23 play more confident. 8 positions in the starting lineup do not weaken the strength of the young War Elephant. Unyieldingly, Iraq U23 immediately set up various dangerous attacks with the goal of winning.

Entering the second half, the pace of the game continued to be pushed up. In the 49th minute, Mohammed Nassif leveled the score for Iraq U23.

Just one more goal will help the Middle East team to win tickets to the quarterfinals. On the contrary, a draw is enough for Thailand U23 to ensure their place. This made the rest of the match extremely stressful. Besides creating opportunities, the two sides also have many dangerous collision balls with each other.

However, the score of 1-1 remained the same for 90 minutes. All that Iraq U23 can do is just hold their heads in regret for many missed opportunities, especially the header in the middle of the goal at the end of the match. More painful, Iraq U23 players had to directly witness Thailand U23 make history when it first appeared in the AFC U23 Championship quarterfinals.

Thailand U23 vs Iraq U23 match information

Time: 21:15 (GMT+8) on January 14th

Venue: Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok

‎‎Competition: 2020 AFC U23 Championship