Thailand scores first World Cup goal in Sweden 5-1 defeat
Thailand finally finds something to celebrate
Thai players celebrate in front of their fans after the football match between Sweden and Thailand in Group F Group F, Sunday, at the stadium of Nice. (AP Photo)
NICE: A few seconds have passed before Kanjana Sungngoen, an unbeliever, raises her arms to celebrate.
It's really happened.
Thailand had finally scored at this Women's World Cup.
By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the first minute of the break, Thailand was already 4-0 on Sunday.
But scoring just was a triumph after the humble defeat of Thailand 13-0 against the United States. Coaches were kissed on the bench and Thai flags were hoisted into the bleachers of the Cote d'Azur.
They were still radiant after the final whistle, even after Elin Rubensson scored the last kick from the penalty spot to seal a 5-1 win for Sweden, who qualified for the eighths. final.
"Everyone was very happy to have at least scored a goal," said Kanjana through a translator. "The whole team is very happy."
Although it was only a consolation goal and the team remains at the bottom of Group F.
"It was a tough goal and playing a big team like Sweden is so important," said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian through a translator. "That means all our preparation has paid off, and we had a lot of luck today, that goal made us laugh, make us smile and make us happy."
Forget that the 18 goals conceded by Thailand equal the tournament record established by Argentina in 2007. And Thailand still has to face Chile in the final of the group.
Even Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, because of the disappointment of not laundering the plate, was able to see what it meant to score for the Thais.
"We are all human beings," Lindahl said. "After this loss to the United States and scoring their goal, you can feel some empathy for them."
That helped her team-mates to score four times when Sungngoen had a high pass on the right flank and cut the ball before beating Lindahl at the far post.
The first of five Swedish goal scorers scored in the 6th minute in Nice, Linda Sembrant ahead of Waraporn Boonsing.
The Thai goalkeeper managed to repel Anna Angle's shot in the 19th minute, but she did not recover the ball to prevent Kosovare Asllani's goal. Boonsing could not stop the shot in the 41st minute of Fridolina Rolfo in the top corner.
Just like in the game against the United States, he was 3-0 at halftime. Unlike Paris, Thailand did not concede four more times in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
In fact, it took Sweden's 81st minute to regain Lina Hurtig's head net before being beaten by Thailand to counter-attack.
So when the final whistle was given, the Thai team was able to bow down to its supporters. Some pride had been restored.
"Our defeat in the last game was massive," said Nuengrutai. "We were disappointed, but by scoring one today, we have succeeded, we have yet to develop and we need to improve and make it better, we need to get closer to the other super teams. enjoy it more. "