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Teerasil nets record-setting double as Azkals knocked out by classy Thailand

It’s the end of the AFF Suzuki Cup journey for the Philippines as Thailand eked out a 2-1 win in the AFF Suzuki Cup Tuesday evening at the Singapore National Stadium.

The Azkals of Stewart Hall made the War Elephants work hard for all three points, before eventually kissing its semifinal hopes goodbye with their second defeat in Group A matches, reducing Saturday’s finale with Myanmar into a dead rubber.

It was the Filipino’s second group stage exit in the past three editions, the first one came five years ago which the country hosted.

Striker Teerasil Dangda now stands alone as the competition’s all-time top scorer with eighteen goals, firing in a brace for the second straight match for manager Alexandre Polking.

It would have been a blowout had Thailand converted their chances, in which they found Kevin Hansen a tough nut to crack despite firing in 12 shots on the Filipino goal.

Thailand’s third win on the trot also brought hosts Singapore into the knockout phase, in which the Lions are expected to beat East Timor easily in the nightcap of the Kallang doubleheader.

The BG Pathum talisman put the five-time champs on board in the 26th minute to equal Noh Alam Shah’s record of 17 goals, latching on a Theeraton Bunmathan with a rocket of a volley into the top corner after Patrick Reichelt made a defensive mistake in lunging the Yokohama F. Marinos’ left-back.

However, the winger who recently left Thai League 1 outfit Suphanburi made amends at the restart, pouncing in a bad header by Manuel Bihr with a thumping low volley past Chatchai Budprom four minutes before the hour mark.

The hope of getting at least a point to force a Saturday shootout for the top two had been dashed in the 78th minute, after centre-half Amani Aguinaldo stuck up a leg to bring down Thitipan Puangjan.

Up stepped Dangda and with his right foot, broke the Singapore legend’s mark as he lashed it into the left corner despite the KL City man guessed it correctly.

Philippines: Hansen (GK), Nyholm, Ingreso (Ingreso 90’), Ramsay (Gallantes 82’), Guirado (Mike Ott 66’), Sato, Aguinaldo, Baas, Schröck (C), Steuble, Reichelt (Marañon 90’)

Thailand: Chatchai (GK), Theerathon, Bihr, Sarach (Bordin 75’), Supachok (Supachai 90+1’), Teerasil (Dolah 87’), Thanawat (Thitipan 76’), Narubadin, Phitawat, Chanatip (C) (Worachit 76’), Kritsada

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