Dooley, Azkals hope to learn from early Suzuki Cup exit

Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ] - November 26, 2016

Philippine Azkals take a bow after their 0-1 loss to Thailand in the AFF Suzuki Cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – The Philippines failed to cash in on its opportunities and in turn bowed out of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Coach Thomas Dooley rued his side’s missed chances, which led to the Azkals’ 1-0 loss to Thailand on Friday at Philippine Sports Stadium here.

“We created a lot of chances. We didn’t have the 100-percent chances, but we had six, seven good chances. But in the end, we ran to a counter,” he said.

With the War Elephants resting the bulk of their usual starters, the Philippines tried its best to capitalize on the golden opportunity. Seven of the Azkals’ 12 attempts were on target, but none of those found the back of the net.

In contrast, the Thai team largely made of reserves only took nine attempts, three of which were on target, with the most heartbreaking being Sarawut Masuk’s strike in the 81st minute.
“We could have won the game in the first half, but it is what it is and (Thailand has) good players. Even the second gear that they have is a pretty good team. Good performance from them,” said the American mentor.

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