Thailand holds Saudi Arabia to 0-0 draw

Thailand held Saudi Arabia to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday to maintain

second place in Group D in the third round of Asian qualifying for

the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia had beaten Thailand in 11 of their 12 previous

matches, but could find no way past a strong defense orchestrated

by German coach Winfried Schaefer.

Thailand goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool made several

sharp saves, while the hosts’ best chance fell to captain Datsakorn

Thonglao, whose 73rd-minute freekick flew over the bar.

Thailand is two points ahead of Saudi Arabia after three games.

Australia leads the group by five points after three wins from

three games and is already on the verge of qualification for the

fourth round.