Teerasil Dangda hit a hat-trick on his return from injury as Thailand thrashed Bangladesh 5-0 last night in their final warm-up match before this week's Suzuki Cup.
Teerasil Dangda scored a hat-trick for Thailand. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Sompong Soleb and Naphat Thamrongsupakorn scored the other two goals for Thailand, who were also boosted by Datsakorn Thonglao's comeback from injury.
At Rajamangala National Stadium, Thailand took the lead after just five minutes through a Sompong header.
Striker Teerasil then scored twice as Thailand went 3-0 up inside the first 20 minutes. Teerasil completed his hat-trick with a 52nd minute header and Naphat made it 5-0 a few minutes later.
Thailand beat Bhutan 5-0 on Wednesday and defeated Malaysia 2-0 last week in their previous warm-up games.
At the Suzuki Cup, or the Southeast Asian championship, Thailand are in Group A, to be played in Bangkok, along with the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The Thais will kick off their campaign with a game against the Philippines at Rajamangala National Stadium on Saturday.
Co-hosts Malaysia are in Group B with Indonesia, Singapore and Laos.
The top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals which will be played on a home-and-away format, as will the final.
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