Thailand beat Indonesia 5-0 to seal football final showdown with Myanmar

Thai supporters cheering on their team in the stands. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Thai supporters cheering on their team in the stands. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Thailand's Rungrat Phumichantuk (centre) and Indonesia's Adam Alis Setyano fighting for the ball. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand's Rungrat Phumichantuk (centre) and Indonesia's Adam Alis Setyano fighting for the ball. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand Thitiphan Puangjan (second left) celebrating with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during SEA Games football semi-final against Indonesia. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Thailand Thitiphan Puangjan (second left) celebrating with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during SEA Games football semi-final against Indonesia. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Thailand's Rungrat Phumichantuk (No.29) celebrating after scoring his side's first goal against against Malaysia in their SEA Games football semi-final at the National Stadium in Singapore on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG 
Thailand's Rungrat Phumichantuk (No.29) celebrating after scoring his side's first goal against against Malaysia in their SEA Games football semi-final at the National Stadium in Singapore on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG 

SINGAPORE - Thailand advanced to the SEA Games football final showdown with Myanmar after thumping Indonesia 5-0 in their semi-final at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.

The pre-tournament favourites have been sensational at this Games and are the only team still with a perfect record, having won in all their six matches.

Midfielder Rungrat Phumichantuk opened the scoring for the Thais in the 13th minute when he stabbed the ball into the net after Indonesia goalkeeper Teguh Amiruddin had palmed Nurul Sriynkem's shot onto his path.

Thitiphan Puangjan then doubled the advantage when he headed in unmarked from a corner in the 29th minute. Two then became three in the 50th minute, when Rungrat thumped his header into the net for his second goal of the match.

Weerawatnodom Narubadin sealed matters six minutes later when the right-back ran onto a loose ball and drilled it into the bottom left corner of the net.

The War Elephants saved their best for the last when an exquisite display of short passing around the box in the 89th minute culminated with Chanathip Songkrasin lashing his effort into goal. 

Thailand and Myanmar will now face-off for the gold medal in Monday's final.

drajac@sph.com.sg

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