Dominated by a better team on the day, but still with a chance of qualifying
In a one-sided semi-final played at Krungthep Thonburi Indoor Stadium Bangkok, the hosts’ Suphawut Thueanklang scored a hat-trick of which the first goal came in the 4th minute. The goal was ninth of the tournament for in-form Suphawut.
Chalaemkhet Keattiyot made it 2-0 in the 9th minute as the host had firm control of the match. Thailand added one more goal in the first half thanks to Nattavut Madyalan who made it 3-0 in the 20th minute.
The hosts’ dominance continued in the second half as the favorites made it 4-0 in the 27th minute through a Thananchai Chaemcharoen strike.
Suphawut grabbed his second of the game in the 37th minute and completed his hat-trick three minutes later taking his individual tally for the tournament to 11 before Kritsada Wongkaeo wrapped up the 7-0 win when he also scored in the 40th minute.
Thailand will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Vietnam and Indonesia at the Krungthep Thonburi Indoor Stadium on Sunday while Australia could still seal a place in the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship if they can win the third-place play-off on the same day.