Thailand have knocked the defending champions, Vietnam, out of the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup and booked their place in next week’s final after a scoreless draw in the second leg of their semifinal clash completed a 2-0 aggregate win.
An impressive defensive performance saw the Thais limit Vietnam to just four shots on target but they did lose goalkeeper Chatchai Budprom to injury whilst leftback Theerathon Bunmathan will miss the first leg of the final after he picked up a second-half booking.
They were the only blemishes on a performance that coach Alexandre Polking described as one that filled him with incredible pride.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha congratulates the Thai team.
Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prayut praised the footballers for their semifinal match in Singapore.
Thailand passed to the final with its total score of 2-0 against Vietnam.
The government spokesman said the prime minister was happy that Thailand reached the final scheduled for Dec 29 when it would meet Indonesia in the first leg. The second leg was set for Jan 1.
The prime minister gave his moral support to the Thai football team and also invited Thai people to make their best wishes for the team in the coming final, Thanakorn said.