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'Thailand may experience the worst tournament in history'

'Thailand may experience the worst tournament in history'

Thailand's top sports site Siam Sport is concerned about the home team's performance in the 2019 AFF U18 tournament.

"Drawing two, losing two and not winning yet, with two points, Thailand is definitely eliminated despite a match against Malaysia on August 15th", Siam Sport commented after the 0-0 draw with the host of Vietnam in the fourth round of Group B yesterday August 13th.

"This is the first time in 14 years since the tournament was jointly organized by Vietnam and Indonesia, Thailand has not entered the semi-finals of the U18 AFF. If it is impossible to beat Malaysia in the upcoming procedural match, This will be the Thai tournament that has won the least points in history and has not won any matches. Thailand's worst achievement in AFF U18 was in 2003, with only three points. type but there are six points".

Thailand is the most successful team in the AFF U18 tournament, with five coronations in 2002, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017. At the last five times, Thailand has entered the semi-finals, in which twice champion and once a runner-up.

Coach Issara Sritaro used to be an assistant and interim coach in Thailand U23 team from 2016 to 2017. In 2018, 42-year-old former player led the U19 Thai team, who are playing in the U18 AFF tournament. This is the generation of Golden Temple land prepared for the U19 Asian qualifier 2020, ticket competition for U20 World Cup 2021.

Poor performance on Vietnam of Issara's team makes Thai media worried. Siam Sport continued: "Under the guidance of the coach, Thailand only scored one goal after four matches. Meeting Malaysia last match was a challenge, because it was this opponent who ended Thailand's hopes in the group stage, after when winning Australia 3-0".

Although Thailand was eliminated, the final match result of the "War Elephant" directly affected Vietnam 's ticket. Coach Hoang Anh Tuan has 7 points, 7 points lower than the top teams Malaysia and Australia. In the last round, Thailand met Malaysia U18, while Australia faced Singapore. Vietnam can only enter the semi-finals with the condition of winning Cambodia, and also hopes that at least one of the top two teams will lose points.