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Brunei’s Under-23 football squad’s journey in the 30th SEA Games was made more complicated after losing 7-0 against gold medalist Thailand at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila this week.

After finishing its second match, the sultanate have so far conceded 13 goals, scored none and remained at the bottom of Group B.

With the semi-final insight, Thailand was adamant to bag three precious points amidst its shock loss against Indonesia days earlier.

Despite being hospitalised due to an allergic reaction previously, Faiq Jefri Bolkiah was still featured in the game as Adi Said took over to skipper the team.

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The U23 squad initially played well against Thailand, disrupting its attacks and occasionally penetrating the latter’s defense.

Things however changed when Thailand’s Supachai Jaided managed to opened a goal spree through a free-kick, 43 minutes into the first half of the game.

Thailand struck another goal to the net less than a minute later as Jaroensak Wonggorn escaped Brunei’s offside trap to beat Haimie Nyaring for a cushioned 2-0 lead at the whistle. 

The second half saw Thailand scored five past Brunei’s goal, as Anon Amonlerdsak curved his free-kick home at the 53 minutes into the match.

At minute 72, Sarayut Sompin headed home a corner for Thailand’s fourth goal before the fifth came two minutes later from Suphanat Muenta. 

As Brunei attempted to soften the blows, Amonlerdsak and Supachok Sarachat accomplished Thailand’s wonderful evening at 87th and 89th minutes, respectively.

Other Group B matches saw Vietnam beat Laos 6-1, while Indonesia won 2-0 over Singapore.

Brunei will play Laos for their third group match this Sunday at the same venue. A win for pride is at stake to take them out from the bottom of the group.

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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