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SINGAPORE LOSES TO THAILAND IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 1-3

Thailand’s 3-1 Victory Over Singapore Not Enough to Secure World Cup Qualification

Thailand’s hopes of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup were dashed despite a 3-1 win over Singapore at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on June 11. The Thais needed to win by a margin of three goals to overtake China and secure second place in Group C, but ultimately fell short.

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The match saw Thailand dominate possession and create numerous scoring opportunities, with midfielder Suphanat Mueanta opening the scoring in the 36th minute. The half ended 1-0 in favor of the hosts. However, Singapore’s forward Ikhsan Fandi equalized against the run of play in the 56th minute, dealing a significant blow to Thailand’s qualification hopes.

Thailand pushed forward, and substitute Poramet Arjvirai restored their lead in the 78th minute with a well-taken shot past Singapore’s goalkeeper Hassan Sunny. Fellow substitute Jaroensak Wonggorn added a third goal in the 85th minute, but it was too little, too late.

Meanwhile, China secured their spot in the next round with a 1-0 defeat to South Korea in the other Group C match, edging out Thailand on goal difference. The Thais’ narrow miss is a bitter pill to swallow, especially given their dominant performance against Singapore.

The Lions, on the other hand, ended their group-stage campaign with a dismal record of one point from six matches, having scored just five goals and conceded 24. Their only point came from a 2-2 draw against China, while they suffered heavy defeats to South Korea, including a 0-7 thrashing at home.

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Head coach Tsutomu Ogura’s tenure has been marked by inconsistency and disappointing results, and the team’s early exit from the World Cup qualifying campaign will undoubtedly lead to soul-searching and introspection.

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