A few seconds elapsed earlier than a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her hands in party.
It truly took place.
Thailand had in any case scored at this Girls’s Global Cup.
By the point Sungngoen discovered the online in opposition to Sweden within the first minute of stoppage time, Thailand was once already trailing Four-Zero Sunday.
However merely scoring was once a triumph after Thailand’s humiliating 13-Zero opening loss to the USA. Coaches embraced at the bench and Thai flags had been raised within the stands at the French Riviera.
They had been nonetheless beaming after the general whistle, even after Elin Rubensson scored with the general kick of the sport from the penalty spot to seal a Five-1 victory for Sweden, which complex to the spherical of 16 with a sport to spare.
“Everybody was once more than happy that we no less than scored one,” Kanjana mentioned thru a translator. “The entire workforce could be very happy.”
Even supposing it was once just a comfort function and the workforce stays backside of Staff F.
“It was once a hard function and enjoying a super workforce like Sweden, it intended such a lot,” Thailand trainer Nuengrutai Srathongvian mentioned thru a translator. “It intended that each one of our preparation paid off. We had a large number of possibilities as of late. This one function made us snicker, made us smile and makes us glad.”
Disregard that Thailand’s 18 targets conceded equals the event document set via Argentina in 2007. And, Thailand nonetheless will have to face Chile within the crew finale.
Even Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, throughout the unhappiness of no longer protecting a blank sheet, may see what scoring intended to the Thais.
“We’re all human,” Lindahl mentioned, “and having had that defeat they’d in opposition to america, and now scoring their function, you’ll really feel some empathy for them.”
It helped that her teammates had already scored 4 occasions by the point Sungngoen were given at the finish of a top ball at the proper flank and lower in earlier than beating Lindahl at her close to submit.
The primary of the 5 Swedish scorers netted within the sixth minute in Great, with Linda Sembrant heading previous Waraporn Boonsing.
The Thai goalkeeper did organize to palm away Anna Anvegard’s shot within the 19th minute however she could not recuperate the ball to forestall Kosovare Asllani scoring. Boonsing could not forestall the 41st-minute strike from Fridolina Rolfö curling into the highest nook.
Similar to within the sport in opposition to the USA, it was once Three-Zero at halftime. In contrast to in Paris, Thailand did not concede every other 4 occasions within the opening 11 mins of the second one part.
In truth, it took Sweden till the 81st minute to seek out the online once more thru Lina Hurtig’s header earlier than being overwhelmed via Thailand at the counterattack.
So when the general whistle blew, the Thai squad was once in a position to bow to its lovers. Some satisfaction have been restored.
“Our defeat within the remaining sport was once huge,” Srathongvian mentioned. “We had been dissatisfied, however scoring one as of late we made some luck. We nonetheless wish to increase and we wish to fortify and make it higher. We wish to get as as regards to different tremendous groups. We wish to play higher so we will be able to experience it extra.”