Hosts Thailand started with a giant victory on day one of many Asian Soccer Confederation Below-23 Championship, which is doubling as a qualifier for the boys’s Olympic event.
They eased previous Bahrain 5-Zero in Group A at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium to start the race for Tokyo 2020 in fashion.
Sixteen sides are doing battle on the fourth version of the age-group occasion, which provides three locations in Japan’s capital.
Suphanat Mueanta gave the Thais the lead after simply 12 minutes with a right-footed end, and it was 2-Zero shortly after the restart when Supachok Sarachart steered in from a good angle.
Mueanta made the sport secure on 79 minutes by firing dwelling from outdoors of the world and impression sub Jaroensak Wonggorn then scored a quickfire late double so as to add additional shine to the rating.
He first smashed dwelling from the centre of the field with a minute left in regular time, earlier than a close-range end within the 92nd minute.
Within the day’s first Group A recreation, Australia and Iraq drew 1-1 at Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani.
Reno Piscopo gave Australia the lead with a free-kick within the 62nd minute, however 2013 winners Iraq cancelled it out via Mohammed Qasim’s very good long-range strike with 13 minutes left.
Three gamers from Australia’s under-23 squad have been banned from Tokyo 2020 final month after being discovered responsible of “unprofessional conduct” throughout an evening out in Cambodia.
Teams B and C start tomorrow.
In Group B, 2016 champions Japan meet Qatar and Saudi Arabia will play Syria.
Defending champions Uzbekistan kick-off towards Iran in Group C, the place South Korea will play China.
As Japan have already certified for Tokyo 2020 as hosts, the remaining three semi-finalists will e-book their Olympic locations ought to they attain the final 4.
If not, the 2 finalists and the winner of the third-place playoff will advance.
The highest two groups in every group will attain the quarter-finals, with the ultimate scheduled for January 26 in Bangkok.
Males’s Olympic soccer options under-23 sides, though three overage gamers are allowed within the closing squads.