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PENALTY CURSE: Thailand football obsessed by 11m spot again and again

PENALTY CURSE: Thailand football obsessed by 11m spot again and again

3 months after the defeat against Dang Van Lam, Thai star Theerathon Bunmathan was once again obsessed with 11m spot.

At the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in November, Theerathon Bunmathan was the one who missed the penalty, causing Thailand to lose the opportunity to beat Vietnam at My Dinh Stadium. 

PENALTY CURSE: Thailand football obsessed by 11m spot again and again

The 11m obsession reappeared with the 30-year-old defender as he and Yokohama F. Marinos lost to Vissel Kobe in a series of "gun battles" in the Japanese Super Cup 2020.

The match ended with a draw 3-3 after the thrilled 90 minutes. Therefore, 2 teams entered the 11m series. Here, both sides showed the bad ability to convert 11m shoot into goals, as there were 9 failed shots in a total of 14 penalties.

Overall, Vissel Kobe won 3-2 thanks to Yamaguchi's successful shot in the 7th series. In this match, Theerathon Bunmathan was not given the opportunity to stand in front of the 11m spot by the coach.

Latest, at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, Thailand U23 was also eliminated by a penalty. In the quarter-final against Saudi Arabia U23, the team of coach Akira Nishino lost 0-1 after 90 minutes.

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) was so upset and even sent a complaint to AFC demanding an explanation of the decision to award the 11m to Saudi Arabia. However, AFC said no to the order of FAT some days later.

PENALTY CURSE: Thailand football obsessed by 11m spot again and again

At the end of last year, another Thai player, Chanathip Songkrasin, also lost the title in Japan due to the 11m spot. Specifically, Consadole Sapporo of "Messi Thai" lost to Kawasaki Frontale in the J.League Cup final.

Furthermore, in the 30th SEA Games, a successful penalty of Nguyen Tien Linh helped Vietnam U22 equalize the score 2-2 against Thailand U22, thereby sending off Akira Nishino's team to home.

One year ago, a failed penalty kick from Adisak Kraisorn was the reason Thailand lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.

PENALTY CURSE: Thailand football obsessed by 11m spot again and again

After a series of events, Thai fans now clearly have reason to feel anxious when it comes to penalties.