Winning Futsal team silences critics

Criticised last week, but praised now when it counts -- Thailand's futsal team impressed everyone yesterday with its win over Costa Rica to kick off the Futsal World Cup being held here in Thailand.

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Suphawut Thueanklang, No.9, scores Thailand’s second goal against Costa Rica. PHOTOS BY PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD


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Thailand coach Victor Hermans and his men answered their critics with a 3-1 win over Costa Rica in their opening match at the 2012 Futsal World Cup at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium last night.

''I'm very happy and proud of my team and the performance we showed. I hope this win gives all the Thai people a boost and encourages them to come to our next match to support us from the stands,'' said the Dutch coach.

''Futsal has a future in Thailand and maybe the fans can become the sixth player on the pitch.''

Thailand suffered three defeats in a five-team warm-up tournament in Bangkok last week and the coach and his players were heavily criticised for their unconvincing performances.

''Many people criticised us last week,'' Hermans said after last night's win. ''Today, we showed we can play like we did in Dubai [where Thailand finished runners-up in the Asian Championship earlier this year].

''Costa Rica squandered several scoring chances but we did too. We deserved to win.''

Thailand will next meet Ukraine in their second Group A match on Sunday. With the Costa Rica win, the Thais are group leaders after Paraguay drew 3-3 with Ukraine.

Suphawut Thueanklang, Keattiyot Chalaemkhet and Jirawat Sornwichian scored for Thailand last night.

Keattiyot Chalaemkhet, No.14, opened the scoring for Thailand.

The hosts were the better side in the opening minutes with star forward Suphawut tormenting Costa Rica's defence.

The Thais took an 18th-minute lead. Predictably, Suphawut was at the heart of the move that led to Keattiyot opening the scoring.

Suphawut went from provider to goalscorer nine minutes into the second half.

Diego Zuniga, who is dubbed 'Ronaldinho of futsal', cut the deficit for Costa Rica before Jirawat Sornwichian restored a two-goal advantage for Thailand.

''We believe that Thailand's No.9 [Suphawut] is a very good player. But we also have to admit that we made too many mistakes in the game, and that cost us the three points,'' said Costa Rica coach Diego Solis.

silence – to cause to stop speaking or making a noise ทำให้เงียบ
critic – a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
host – a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event เจ้าภาพ
draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
proud – feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with ภูมิใจ
performance – the standard to which someone does something การกระทำ, การแสดง, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ
boost – something that helps or encourages somebody/something สิ่งกระตุ้น
encourage – to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen ปลุกใจ
stands – raised areas, often part of a sports stadium, where people sit or stand to watch a match or event ที่นั่งชมการแสดง
pitch – an area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football สนามฟุตบอล
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
defeat – a loss in a competition ความพ่ายแพ้
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
unconvincing – not seeming true or real; not making you believe that something is true; not impressive ไม่ทำให้ประทับใจ, ไม่น่าเชื่อ
runners-up –second place in a competition รองอันดับหนึ่ง
squander – to waste something in a stupid or careless way  ถลุง, ผลาญ, เปลือง
deserve – of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities สมควรได้รับ
side – team; one of the two or more people or groups taking part in a competition, argument, war, etc ทีม, ฝ่าย, พรรค
torment – to make somebody suffer very much  ทารุณ, รบกวน, ทำให้รำคาญ
defence – the players who must prevent the other team from scoring; the position of these players on the sports field  ผู้ป้องกัน
predictably – as you would expect พอจะทำนายได้, ตามที่จะคาดไว้
heart – centre (of an activity) ศูนย์กลาง
provider – a person who gives, in this case, who gives another player an opportunity to score, e.g., by passing the ball ผู้ให้
dubbed – called; given a name ถูกเรียก ตั้งฉายา
deficit – the amount by which something is too small or smaller or less than something else จำนวนที่น้อยกว่า, จำนวนที่ขาด
restore – to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a good one ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
advantage – a condition giving a greater chance of success ความได้เปรียบ
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ

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