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Lanna Tigers beats Phichit 2-0

Man of the Match Anucha scores both goals

The Lanna Tigers scored both goals in the 2-0 match against Phichit FC.

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The Chiang Mai Football Club Lanna Tigers beat Phichit FC Paya Chalawan in 90 minutes at the 700 Year Stadium on Sunday, July 1, 2012 taking the match 2-0 in 90 minutes of play.

Chiang Mai FC number 22, Aliou misses a shot at the goal.

The Lanna Tigers now lead the AIS Regional Football League Division 2 with 49 points, followed by NSRU FC from Nakhon Sawan with 42 points and TSY FC of Phitsanulok with 41 points. 15 matches remain in the Regional League calendar.
More than 5,000 people were at the match to support the local team and roared when Number 8 Anucha Chaiwong scored a goal from a free kick at 35 yards in the first 15 minutes.

The first yellow card was issued at 33 minutes to Phichit’s Number 2.
The Tigers saw their second goal from Anucha again, when he hit the back of the goal from 30 yards out in the 38th minute.

The second half saw both teams attacking aggressively with the referee issuing a second yellow card to Phichit, this time to player number 3, Anecha Masamak, was issued a red card in the final 5 minutes with the stadium booing the referee loudly, and players scuffling on the pitch, however, it had no effect on the outcome as Chiang Mai FC won 2-0.

The Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers at the start of the match against Phichit.

The match ended in a scuffle on the pitch.

Lin Ping and her mother predict UEFA Euro 2012

Lin Ping correctly picked Spain to win over Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2012 semi-final match. (Photo by EPA/Narong Sangnak)

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Famed Chiang Mai panda Lin Ping is now a rival to the well-known Paul the Octopus as the latest animal to correctly predict football matches. Here, Lin Ping is seen predicting a Spanish win over Portugal in the semi-final match of the highly popular Euro 2012 football championships. The Chiang Mai Zoo held a big football promotion at the Zoo and Lin Ping joined in the fun. The event aims to promote tourism in Chiang Mai and to promote the EUFA Euro 2012 which ran until July 1, 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Spain beat Portugal 4-2 in penalty shootouts.

Lin Ping’s mother Lin Hui also joined in as seer where she joined her famous offspring in correctly predicting matches. Lin Hui bit a Spanish flag which was seen by keen football fans as predicting victory for Spain over Italy in the final match of UEFA EURO 2012, at the Chiang Mai Zoo. Spain beat Italy handily, taking the UEFA EURO 2012 cup 4-0.
Dusit Zoo in Bangkok also got into the spirit of the tournament with a male seal named Tik predicting winners by choosing giant beach balls with the country’s flag on it.

Lin Hui, Lin Ping’s mother picked Spain over Italy for the final match. (Photo by EPA/Pongmanat Tasiri)

Boonsak takes the title in Singapore Open

Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in action during the Men’s Singles finals of the Li Ning Singapore Open in Singapore, 24 June 2012. Ponsana beat Zhengming Wang of China in two sets to take the title. Photo by EPA/Stephen Morrison.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Bangkok native and Olympic Badminton hopeful Boonsak Ponsana took one step closer to his Olympic dreams with his inspiring win over China’s Wang Zhengming in a 21-18, 21-19 in 54 minutes at the Singapore Open’s men’s single finals held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Thirty year old Boonsak’s win here has given him a morale boost for his matches in London after he suffered a series of injuries that kept him out of serious play for the past two years. He won the Singapore Open in 2007 and, once ranked fourth in the world, he will be playing in his fourth consecutive Olympics. Top badminton players take Boonsak’s chances quite seriously despite his current unseeded position, stating that his experience and skill in his comeback are not to be taken lightly.

Boonsak stated that he came back in January after an operation on his ankle but wasn’t feeling confident, but he now realizes that he is getting better and better and feels he is finally coming back into his top form.

Badminton kicks off at the London Olympics on July 28 with Thailand cheering on hometown favorite Boonsak to reach the men’s single finals on August 5.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna Tigers beats Phichit 2-0

Lin Ping and her mother predict UEFA Euro 2012

Boonsak takes the title in Singapore Open