BANGKOK - Myanmar coach U Sann Win was left ruing the number of missed chances in the first half of their Asean Football Championship Group A stalemate with Malaysia on Sunday, which left the 2004 semi-finalists with just two points from two matches.
'We had so many chances but hopefully we can win our final game against the Philippines,' said Sann Win.
Myanmar had a number of chances in the first half, the best of which coming in the ninth minute when the impressive Yan Paing hit the post after being put clear by an exquisite through ball from Aung Myint Aye, but couldn't maintain the momentum in the second period.
'I think in the second half Malaysia defended much better which is why we didn't create as many chances as we did in the first,' continued Sann Win, who reminded reporters in the post-match press conference that Myanmar are far from out of the reckoning.
'We may only have two points but we are still in with a chance although we know that we have to get a big win over the Philippines and hope Thailand can beat Malaysia,' added the former international defender.
Malaysia coach Norizan Bakar put a brave face on the goalless draw even though a victory would have guaranteed their place in the semi-finals, following their 4-0 win over the Philippines in their Group A opener.
'I guess one point is better than nothing but of course we wanted to have qualified after the second game,' conceded Bakar. 'We were hoping for something better out of this match but every game is open.'
Perhaps burdened by the pressure of knowing that victory will see them into the knockout phase for the fifth time in six Asean Football Championships, Malaysia looked second best in the opening exchanges.
Nizarudin Yusof did force keeper Kyaw Zin Htet into a fine low save in the 19th minute and Hariduddin Omar had a couple of half-chances as he looked to add to the two goals he scored in the 4-0 win over he Philippines.
However, Malaysia failed to get the three points they needed and Bakar must now beat the Thais in their own backyard if they are to advance.
'Now we have to do the job against Thailand in front of their own crowd. We wanted to have qualified but it was a tough game and now we must get a result against the Thais,' he said of Tuesday's crucial clash with the three-time Asean championship winners.