BOCAUE – Stephan Schrock lamented the Philippines’ lack of precision in the final third against Thailand on Friday night when the Azkals’ saw their Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup campaign come to a disappointing end.
The Azkals conjured several chances, but failed to convert them once again as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against a side that fielded its Team B after already advancing to the semifinals.
“We could not finish,” said Schrock, who couldn’t live up to his promise after guaranteeing a goal in the all-important match.
The Azkals star also rued the team’s lapse in the play that led to the lone goal nine minutes before injury time when Sarawut Masuk escaped the offside trap and beat goalkeeper Roland Muller in a 1-on-1 situation.
“We received – I don’t know if it was offside or not – an unlucky call, just one miscommunication was enough to kick us out of the game and keep us down,” Schrock said.
But the Filipino-German midfielder is not denying their shortcomings as the Azkals failed to make the home crowd of over 3,000 people proud.
“We won’t shy away from it,” Schrock said. “For us players, it’s a disaster. We are really disappointed at the moment.
“But there’s always a tomorrow and there are always some positive things to take away. We’ll analyze that and come back stronger,” he added.