AFF Suzuki Cup wrap: Dangda treble sends Thais through
Thailand booked their place in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Myanmar.
Ten years since the three-time champions last lifted the trophy, Teerasil Dangda's hat-trick ensured the Group A hosts a place in the final four with a game in hand.
Substitute Apipoo Suntornpanavej grabbed the other for Winfred Schafer's side with Myanmar's hopes of emulating their 2004 run to the semi-finals severely dented after the result.
Thailand, who bowed out at the group stage in 2010, broke the deadlock on 20 minutes through Dangda before substitute Suntornpanavej doubled their advantage on the hour mark.
And the rout was completed when Dangda, who netted 24 goals for Muang Thong United during the Thai Premier League last campaign, bagged two goals in the final eight minutes.
Elsewhere, the Philippines remain in contention to progress to the semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Vietnam.
The pivotal moment in the match came in the 74th minute when Emelio Caligdong replaced James Younghusband.
Caligdong received the ball from Angel Guirado and blasted past Hong Son Duong with five minutes remaining to rapturous celebrations from the Philippines contingency.
Michael Weiss' men held on for victory and can reach the final four with a win over Myanmar on Friday.
Vietnam play Thailand the same day but cannot qualify for the knockout stages after one draw and one defeat.