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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thailand booked their invest the 2014 AFF Championship final after they saw off of the Philippines 3-0 within the second-leg of these semi-final on the Rajamangala Stadium on Wednesday. The very first leg ended 0-0 four days ago, while Vietnam lead Malaysia 2-1 from the other semi-final first-leg while using the return game set for 11 December.

Chanathip Songkrasin opened the scoring in the second-leg on the semi-final after only seven minutes and Kroekrit Taweekarn rewarded Thailand's dominance that has a second goal 12 minutes after the interval. The visitors were reduced to ten men when Martin Steuble was sent off before Kroekrit sealed a 3-0 aggregate victory along with his second from the night four minutes from time.

Thailand have won your competitors three times but they will likely be seeking to end a 12-year drought within the final, which begins while using the first-leg in Bangkok next Wednesday. The Thais were frustrated inside a goalless suck in the first leg in Manila they dominated in the opening whistle in Bangkok and broke the deadlock early on being a cross from your left by Kroekrit was knocked down inside the box by Narubadin Weerawatnodom for an unmarked Chanathip who smashed the ball into your bottom corner from the Philippines net.

The hosts were all over their opponents within the opening half nonetheless they wasted an opportunity to extend their advantage when Prakit Deeprom didn't receive a shot away when he was sent clear on goal before half-time. However, Prakit will make up for your from the 57th minute when he sent a superb pass on the centre circle into the path of Koekrit, who shook off of the attention of defender Simone Rota before turning a low shot past Philippines goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.

The Philippine were beaten in the earlier two AFF Championship semi-finals in 2010 and 2012 and their hopes of rescuing the match nearly disappeared when Steuble received his second yellow card of the match with eight minutes left. Kroekrit then applied the final touch in the 86th minute as they received a pass from Sarach Yooyen around the left from the Philippines box and stepped inside of a challenge before steering the ball past Deyto.

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