Thailand won Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2008 with a perfect record at the end of match day three here at the Surakul Stadium when they beat Malaysia 3-0. The hosts, who had earlier beaten Vietnam 2-0 in their first game and then Laos 6-0 in their second group tie, picked up the full points this evening with goals off he win with goals off Sutee Suksomkit (20th minute), Teerasil Dangda (46th minute and 76th minute).

It was Malaysia who created the first chance of the game when Indra Putra Mahayuddin turned in a swerving freekick which forced Thai keeper Kittisak Rawangpa to scramble for the save. After that, it was all Thailand as they pressed the Malaysians buoyed by the fact that they were backed by close to 15,000 screaming fans. In the seventh minute, a cross froom Datsakorn Thonglao saw Suree Sukha playing a dummy but it was cleared by the Malaysian defence. Five minutes later, a cross from the right off Sutee Suksomkit saw no takers while in the 18th minute, Sutee almost caught Malaysian keeper Syed Adney Syed Hussein off his line.

But the Thais finally took the lead when Sutee fired in a shot from a tight angle following a cross from Suree. The game changed little after that as Thailand kept up the pressure as Malaysia took a more defensive stance. But the Thais were quick in the second half as following the failure of keeper Syed Adney Syed Hussein to block a shot from Teeratehp Winothai, the ever alert Teerasil just blasted in the rebound. The second goal put Malaysia under a lot more pressure and they came close in a 69th minute melee, but there were no takers to blast the ball in. Thailand replied when Ronnachai Rangsiyo broke through but Syed Adney was there to deny him.

Six minute later, Thailand wrapped up the game with the third goal of the evening when Ronnachai played the ball short for Teerasil to slam home.

"It is difficult to play the game when we are under pressure to win," said B. Sathianathan, the head coach for Malaysia. "We started the second half badly and we were not disciplined at the back."


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