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‘A miracle happened’ as China dramatically qualify for WC third round

A miracle happened. China miraculously finished second in Group C and advanced to the third round as Thailand failed to win by more than three goals in the Thailand-Singapore match. A continent of 1.4 billion and FIFA laughing all the way to the bank.

Thailand won 3-1 at home against Singapore in the sixth match of Group C of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian Second Qualifying Round at the Ratchamangkala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, at 9:30 p.m. ET on June 11, but failed to advance to the third round of the tournament, finishing third in Group C behind China.

The match was called off 20 minutes into the first half of the match between South Korea and China in the same Group C match with South Korea winning 1-0. China finished the second round of qualifying with two wins, two draws, two losses, eight goals for, zero against, and nine goals for, nine against.

With a record of 1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses and 5 points in Group C with a goal difference of -2, 6 goals scored and 8 goals conceded, Thailand needed to win by at least three goals to tie with China on goal difference and take over second place and qualify for the third round.

Thailand pushed forward with the passionate support of their home fans, but goals were hard to come by. Thailand took advantage of a free kick on the left side of the field in the 37th minute, and Chanathip Songkrasin, who had gotten behind the defense, played a low, quick, central cutback pass from the left side of the box. It was met by the onrushing Thai ace, Supanat Mueanta, who slotted the ball home with his left foot for the game-winning goal.

The first half ended with Thailand leading 1-0. Now Thailand needed two more goals to advance to the third round and China had 45 minutes left to hope Thailand didn’t score two.

The game took a strange turn in the second half. Singapore fought back and continued to create chances. Of course, it was a bitter pill to swallow when Thailand’s shot from right in front of the goal hit the post in the fourth minute of the second half.

Finally, in the 12th minute of the second half, Singapore’s No. 9 Iqsan Pandey found the back of the net from just behind the arc circle with a right-footed mid-range shot that found the back of the Thai net to tie the game at 1-1.

Again, Thailand needed three goals to advance to the third round. There were only 35 minutes left in the match, including extra time. Thailand would need to score three goals in the next 35 minutes, and China would need to score three goals or else they could miraculously advance to the third round.

Thailand then pushed for the rest of the game in search of a third goal. They created numerous chances, rattled the flanks, and had cut-back opportunities 스포츠토토 right in front of the goal, but were unable to find the back of the net due to defensive interceptions or deflected shots.

It wasn’t until the 34th minute that Thailand regained the lead at 2-1 when Pommet Arvirai’s well-placed right-footed shot from the left side of the box found the far post, still needing two goals with 15 minutes remaining.

In the 41st minute of the second half, Thailand scored again. A left-footed cross from the left side was deflected off the head of a defender and into the path of Jaroensak Wongorn, who pounced on the ball and headed it home. All Thailand needed was one goal.

For the remaining five minutes of the match, the Thai players pushed hard for a goal. Seven minutes of extra time was awarded and it was Singapore’s Iksan Pandey who broke the hearts of the Thai home fans when his right-footed shot from inside the box on a counter-attack found the back of the Thai net. In the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, Singapore had a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper, and a shot from the top of the box was saved by the defense.

Thailand then had a perfect no-mark opportunity at the front of the box with a minute to go in stoppage time, but Wingorn’s right-footed shot for his third goal of the tournament sailed wide of the post, leaving the visitors unable to add to their lead as they held on for a 3-1 victory.

This left Thailand tied with China on nine points, tied on zero goals conceded and tied on nine goals scored, as they had not won a game by more than three 카지노사이트 순위 goals. However, they finished the second round in third place in their group with a 1-1 draw against China, allowing the Chinese to make a miraculous run to the third round.

Starting with the 2026 World Cup North America, the number of qualifying nations will increase from 32 to 48. In Asia, there will be 8.5 spots, up from 4.5, with the first six teams from the first three qualifying groups qualifying for the World Cup. The six third- and fourth-place teams from the three groups will be split into two groups for the fourth round of qualifying, with the first-place group qualifying for the World Cup, and the second-place group qualifying for the playoffs, which will be played between the top two teams and will be worth 0.5 tickets.

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