Thursday, 25 October 2012 7:39 AM
Kurukuru Stun Thailand 4-3
Solomon Islands stunned Thailand 4-3 yesterday in a warm-up match for next month's Futsal World Cup.
It was Thailand's second defeat in their first three games in the five-team All Star Futsal Festival at the Thai-Japanese Stadium's Keelawes 2 Gymnasium.
The Thais, who had defeated Egypt and lost to Australia, raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Jeerawat Sornwichian and Kritsada Wongkaew.
But the visitors hit back with two goals for a 2-2 draw at half-time.
Jeerawat's long-range shot put Thailand ahead after 33 minutes only for Micah and Samuel Osifelo to score in the final moments.
"I am very disappointed. Our defence was very poor. I expected more from my players but they played much below their standard," said Thailand coach Victor Herman.
"Solomon Islands surprise me. They lost by huge margins at the previous World Cup but have since made fast progress."
Solomon Islands Kurukuru are in the same pool as Russia, Guatemala and Colombia at the World Cup. The top two teams from each of the six groups plus four best third-placed sides advance to the knockout stages.