Mitsubishi Electric Cup


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16 Jan 2023


Bangkok: Captain Theerathon Bunmathan scored the only goal of the game as Thailand edged Vietnam 1-0 in the second leg of the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 final at Thammasat Stadium to record a 3-2 aggregate win and lift the Southeast Asian title for a record-extending seventh time on Monday.


After the first leg in Hanoi ended 2-2 on Friday, hosts Thailand only had to hold out for a goalless or 1-1 draw in Bangkok to nick the title on away goals, but Theerathon scored his first goal of the 2022 edition in the 24th minute with a strike from distance to help Alexandre Polking win his second successive AFF Championship title as Thailand head coach.


With FIFA president Gianni Infantino watching from the stands, Vietnam tried to fight their way back for a second title in three editions, but Thailand shut them out with relative ease as Korean head coach Park Hang-seo’s hopes of lifting the ASEAN title on his final outing with the Golden Star Warriors evaporated.