Football: Thais book AFF Suzuki Cup final spot with Myanmar demolition job

Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (centre) is challenged for the ball by Myanmar player Nanda Kyaw during their AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal football match in Bangkok on Dec 8, 2016.
Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (centre) is challenged for the ball by Myanmar player Nanda Kyaw during their AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal football match in Bangkok on Dec 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand thrashed Myanmar 4-0 in Bangkok late on Thursday in a ruthless display that sets up an AFF Suzuki Cup football final date with Indonesia.

Goals from Sarawut Masuk (33th minute), Theerathon Bunmathan (65th), Siroch Chatthong (76th) and Chanathip Songkrasin (83th) - known in Thailand as "Messi J" - destroyed the visitors' slim chances of overturning a two-goal first-leg deficit.

The emphatic win, 6-0 on aggregate, installs the War Elephants as favourites against Indonesia when the two sides meet next week.

Thailand dispatched their cup final opponents 4-2 in the group stage.

The Thais have laboured in the final group round for qualification for the 2018 World Cup, but have sprung to life playing against their much weaker South-east Asian rivals.

On Thursday night, a rout appeared on the cards after the hosts took the lead through Sarawut, who met a delicious cross from the left with a diving header to make it 3-0 on aggregate.

That left Myanmar with a mountain to climb and inevitably gaps appeared as they stoically hunted a goal.

The pick of the goals came with around 15 minutes to play from the War Elephants' rangy striker Siroch, who celebrated his birthday by hammering the ball home from an acute angle after latching on to a neat long pass.

His side will play Indonesia in the two-legged final on Dec 14 and 17 after the Garudas edged pass Vietnam 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Thailand, who have won all of their Suzuki Cup games so far, will go into the final brimming with confidence and with the group-game win against Indonesia under their belt, a result led by a hat-trick by star striker Teerasil Dangda.