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PHUKET: Despite losing two of their group stage matches, hosts of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012, Thailand, still have a chance to make history by advancing to the second round of the prestigious tournament.

If Thailand does advance, it would be the first time in its four appearances.

Going into the match last with a world ranking of 13, the ‘War Elephants’ lost 3-2 to the world’s number 10 side, Paraguay. in a match of missed chances at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in East Bankok.

As a result, Thailand were immediately demoted into 15th place.

Thailand fell 3-0 after only 10 minutes of play, but managed to claw the scoreline back to 3-2 in a game they should have… could have won.

The early deficit-late comeback atmosphere last night was similar to its 3-5 defeat three days earlier to world number 8, Ukraine.

Dangling at the bottom of the group, both Thailand and Paraguay needed to win to be sure of progressing to the second round.

Adolfo Salas put Paraguay in front after only 3 minutes and his goal was followed by Enmanuel Ayala scoring in the 6th minute and Juan Salas in the 9th minute.

The vocal Thai crowd were a bit shell shocked after this early set back but they still continued on with their vocal support, trying to push Thailand forward. Suphawut Thueanklang scored for Thailand in the 11h minute, bringing his side within a two goal margin into half time with a 3-1 scoreline.

Just four minutes into the second half, Thailand ‘s Jetsada Chudech scored to set up a nerve racking final 15 minutes for the home nation and their fans.

Thailand’s relentless attack served up a number of opportunities but their players could not capitalize on the tight Paraguayan defense.

The host nation finished the game with 64 per cent possession and had 45 shots compared to Paraguay’s 27.

The other game in Group A was an easy 6-1 win for top of the table Ukraine against Costa Rica, with Oleksandr Sorokin and Ievgen Rogachov both scoring twice. As undefeated Group A winners, Ukraine secured their passage to round two of the tournament, along with second place Paraguay.

Thailand could still qualify as one of the best third-placed teams (the best four out of six third placed teams will advance based on points, goals scored and goal differences) but they have to rely on other results.

Also in the evening, Brazil kept up their 100 per cent record against a disappointing Portugal team. Simi, Fernandinho and Neto scored for Brazil in their 3-1 win,while Cardinal found the net for Portugal.

Both teams progress to the second round: Brazil progress as Group C winners and Portugal go through as runners up despite their defeat. Japan needed to score 5 goals or more to automatically progress to the next round, but they could only manage a 4-2 win against bottom of the group Libya.

Japan had to wait until Reda Fathe scored in the 18th minute to break down a resolute Libya defense. Three second half goals by Hoshi, Inaba and Osodo helped Japan to victory. Even though they failed to automatically qualify, Japan should go through as one of the best third-placed teams.

With Groups A and C group stage competition complete, the final matches for Groups B and D will commence tonight as follows:

5pm – Group D

Mexico (0 points) vs Italy (6 points) – live broadcast on terrestial channel 9

Australia (3 points) vs Argentina (3 points) – live broadcast on cable t-sports

7pm – Group B

Iran (4 points) vs Panama (3 points) – live broadcast on cable t-sports

Morocco (0 points) vs Spain (4 points) – live broadcast on terrestrial channel 9

Group Stage will then commence tomorrow, November 9, with the final matches of Groups E and F as follows:

5pm – Group F

Solomon Islands (0 points) vs Guatemala (3 points) – live broadcast on cable t-sports

Colombia (3 points) vs Russia (6 points) live broadcast on channel 9

7pm – Group E

Kuwait (0) vs Egypt (3) – t-sport

Serbia (6) vs Czech Republic (3) – channel 9

Additional reporting by Steven Layne

— Andrew Scott

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

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Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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