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Nguessan 4, Josee Nahi 88
Srimanee 26, 45+3 Chawong 75.
Cote D’Ivoire had made three changes from their previous game as they moved to a 4-3-3 formation: Djelika Coulibaly, Ines Nrehy and Ange Nguessan replacing Sophie Aguie, Rebecca Elloh and Josee Nahi. Thailand made two: Orathai Srimanee and Nisa Romyen replacing Naphat Seesraum and Rattikan Thongsombut.
With the first real chance of the game, Cote D’Ivoire took the lead. The Thai keeper Waraporn Boonsing failed to punch the corner clear, and Christine Lohoues played the ball back into the danger zone where Ange Nguessan hooked the ball under the keeper and into the net.
Cote D’Ivoire played some lovely football and drew some nervous moments out of the Thai keeper, but they never seemed able to create the final ball needed.
And soon Thailand punished them. A long ball caught out the Ivorian defence and Anootsara Maijaren crossed the ball across the box which Srimanee converted with a brilliant volley.
Minutes later, they could have scored their second. Srimanee’s shot was parried by Thiamale towards Romyen, but under pressure, she could only sidefoot her shot onto the post.
Then it was Cote D’Ivoire to miss a glorious chance. At the byline, Nguessan cut the ball back across the six-yard box to the unmarked Ines Nrehry who somehow hit the post.
The next minute, Thailand punished that miss. Rattikan Thongsombut, who had just come on, picked out Srimanee and her powerful header smashed off the crossbar and bounced just over the line, as confirmed by the goal-line technology. That was the last action of the first half.
Early on in the second half, Cote D’Ivoire had hit the woodwork again. Rebecca Elloh picked out Nguessan in the box, who sidestepped a challenge and then her shot smashed off the crossbar. Second later, Elloh picked out Nguessan again, this time her header was cleared off the line by Sunisa Sranthiasong.
Cote D’Ivoire were on top. Ida Guehai’s curling free-kick forced Boonsing into a good parried save low down.
But then Thailand scored against the run of play, although Cote D’Ivoire handed them it on a plate. A long ball was played to Thongsombut in the left side of the box, and Thiamale stupidly came to win the ball. With the keeper stranded, Thongsombut lobbed the keeper and the ball bounced over three Ivorian defenders and Thanatta Chawong headed the ball in – two minutes after coming on.
Then in the 88th minute, Cote D’Ivoire pulled a goal back. Josee Nahi won the ball and ran at the Thai defence and kept on going before slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner with a calm finish.
In the 9 minutes of second half stoppage time, Cote D’Ivoire had two glorious chances to get the equaliser. Firstly Christine Lohoues had her shot smash off the crossbar. And then Nrehy’s shot was blocked into Nguessan’s path, but she can’t get the required contact and the ball falls into Boonsing’s grateful arms.
Woman of the Match
Ange Nguessan – Cote D’Ivoire.
Cote D’Ivoire: Dominque Thiamale, Raymonde Kacou, Fatou Coulibaly, Djelika Coulibaly, Fernande Tchetche, Christine Louhouse, Ida Guehai (Jessica Aby 81), Rita Akaffou (Rebecca Elloh HT), Ange Nguessan, Ines Nrehy, Binta Diakite (Josee Nahi 34).
Goals: Ange Nguessan 4, Josee Nahi 88.
Booked: Jessica Aby 90+4
Thailand: Waraporn Boonsing, Warunee Phetwiset, Duangnapa Sritala, Natthakarn Chinwong (Darut Changplook 90+7), Sunisa Srangthaisong, Pikul Khueanpet, Silawan Intamee, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen, Orathai Srimanee (Thanatta Chawong 73), Anootsar Maijarern, Nisa Romyen (Rattikan Thongsombut 43).
Goals: Orathai Srimanee 26, 45+3; Thanatta Chawong 75.