Philippines coach Thomas Dooley was left ruing missed opportunities as his side was beaten 1-0 at home by Yemen in their 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers campaign.
The Azkals, who are still third in Group H with seven points, created many chanches but their strikers were not clinical in front of the goal.
Fans inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium also felt that their team were denied of legitimate goals when Martin Steuble got his golden chance at the 67th minute but was superbly saved by Yemen goalkeeper Mohammed Ebrahim Ali Ayash.
“I didn”t see anything,” said Dooley, regarding the denial claim. “I just saw the goalkeeper made a great save. I think there was a clear shot from Martin and we just couldn’t finish it.
“We can’t get it with an empty goal. If you have two to three chances like that and the other team will score, you know something is wrong, something is missing, and I don’t know what it is
“Obviously, we’re not happy with the result. We said before the game that we can’t lose this game, we have to win the game, and it’s difficult,” he added.
The Azkals will close out their campaign against their group’s top two teams next year with Uzbekistan on March 24 on the road and North Korea at home five days later.