A file photo of the national futsal team prior to leaving for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Miracle of Life Futsal Championship in the Philippines, where they have lost all three of their games. Picture: BT fil
Brunei's national futsal team faced an 8-1 defeat at the hands of defending champions Thailand during their ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Miracle of Life Futsal Championship match in the Philippines yesterday.
Though it took Thailand's Konghla Lakka only one minute to score the opener - the result is perhaps better than some might have expected considering the Thais beat hosts Philippines 20-1 on Sunday.
Brunei's Muhammad Naqib Timbang quickly equalised seconds later before they were handed their thrashing.
The remaining goals came from Jetsada Chudech (7th), Suphawut Thuenklang (10th), Kritsada Wongkaeo (10th, 30th), Nawin Rattanawongswa (16th), Patchaya Srimanta (18th) and Jirawat Sorwichian (32nd).
According to the AFF website, Brunei team manager Mohd Yunos Mohd Yusof said, "We tried very hard to deny Thailand and I thought that we defended well at times."
The national team has now lost three consecutive games at the Bangkok Thonburi University, Thailand placing them at the bottom of Group B.
Brunei lost their second game 8-4 against Malaysia on Sunday and fell 5-3 to the Philippines on Saturday.
They will face Vietnam who were last year's runner-up at 4pm today.
With one more group game left, Brunei have lost the chance to qualify for the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship 2014.
Vietnam outplayed Philippines 10-1 in today's other match.
Thailand lead Group A with two wins followed by Vietnam who also have two wins but fall back into second with a lower goal difference.
Malaysia are standing in third by goal difference with one win and one loss while Philippines are in fourth with one win and two losses.
In Group A, Australia dominated Laos 17-0.
Indonesia also finished with a huge 12-1 win over Timor Leste.
Australia secured top spot in their group over Indonesia, who also have two wins by their lead in goal difference.
Standing in third is Myanmar with one win and one loss.
They are followed by Timor Leste in fourth and Laos in fifth both with one point from one draw and two losses.
Today's other matches will see Laos play Indonesia at 10am.
Australia take on Myanmar at 1pm and Thailand will be looking for their third win against Malaysia at 7pm.