Embroidery and brocade weaving
Being rated higher, Uzbekistan showed its superiority by creating an almost completely overwhelming position against the Thai team. Coach Srecko Katanec’s team played with grace and combinations such as embroidering flowers and weaving brocade, leaving the “War Elephant” defense confused throughout the first half. The Central Asian representative launched 10 shots compared to 1 of the team. you in the first half and got 1 goal with a goal from Azizbek Turgunboev.
Despite unexpectedly allowing their opponents to equalize at the beginning of the second half, Uzbekistan quickly regained the lead with a long-range shot in front of Abbosbek Fayzullayev’s dangerous penalty area in the 65th minute. Obviously, with a better game position, the coach and his team Srecko Katanec deserves to be in the quarterfinals.
The Thai team continued to show its position as a giant in the SEA region when fighting tenaciously against championship candidate Uzbekistan. The proof is that they created exciting moments for fans with the equalizing goal in the 58th minute. That was the situation in which Supachok Sarachat shot into the far corner to beat goalkeeper Yusupov after a beautiful combination with his teammates. team.
Even though he couldn’t continue, it was clear that “War Elephants” had startled Uzbekistan and left fans admiring. Coach Masatada Ishii’s team also tried to rise up in the last minutes but proved helpless. However, this is still a commendable performance from the Thai team.
Coach Masatada Ishii’s impression
Coach Masatada Ishii continued to leave his mark in his fourth match in charge of the Thai national team at the 2023 Asian Cup. After being behind, his substitution decisions were effective when Supachok Sarachat scored to level the score. 1-1. The Japanese strategist’s adjustments also contributed to helping “War Elephants” play better in the second half.
Obviously, keeping the powerful weapon Supachok Sarachat on the bench took Uzbekistan somewhat by surprise. However, the 56-year-old leader’s mark cannot help “War Elephants” go further because of his opponent’s class. However, this is still a successful tournament for the strategist from the Land of the Rising Sun and promises to help him stick with the Thai team for a long time.
Clean, representative of SEA
Despite playing impressively in the group stage with a clean sheet record, Thailand still could not advance further at the 2023 Asian Cup. They eventually had to follow in the footsteps of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam to become SEA representatives and bid farewell to the competition. Asian football festival only happens once every 4 years. Clearly, regional football still has a big gap compared to the big guys in Asia.
But anyway, Thailand can be proud of its performance at this year’s tournament. They deserve to be pioneers in bringing Southeast Asian football closer to the continent’s talents. Regaining the No. 1 position in the region on the FIFA rankings is a worthy reward for the king sport of the land of golden temples.
Danh Nguyen | 20:09 January 30, 2024