Thais prove they are closing gap on Asia's elite under Rajevac

Thai players look dejected after their loss to Iraq in a World Cup qualifier on Aug 31, 2017. (M2F photo)

Striking a major blow for Southeast Asian football, Thailand came within four minutes of a famous result to conclude their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in memorable style.

The reigning Suzuki Cup (Southeast Asian) champions can hold their heads high after a spirited 2-1 loss against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

Pokklaw A-Nan's equaliser eight minutes from time stunned the near capacity crowd at AAMI Park before Mathew Leckie restored Australia's lead in the 86th minute.

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