Global FC and Pahang figure in scoreless draw, Pahang advances to knockout stage
Santino Honasan on May 13, 2015 11:42 PM
The shots were just not falling for Misagh Bahadoran and the rest of Global as they end their AFC Cup campaign with a draw against Pahang FA
Just like coach Leigh Manson said, a draw wasn’t enough for Global FC, as they bid goodbye to their AFC Cup campaign following another scoreless draw against Malaysia’s Pahang FA.
Early in the match, captain Misagh Bahadoran and Mark Hartmann had a couple of good chances to alter the scoreboards, but ultimately could not convert, thanks to the visitors’ defense.
After going into the midgame break at a 0-0 stalemate, Global looked to use the final 45 minutes of regulation to make their mark on the history books, but the Pahang defense would just not allow it.
To their credit, Global also made it difficult for Pahang to mount any offense of their own, highlighted by a 53rd minute save from keeper Patrick Deyto that would have secured the game for the visiting side.
In the final minutes of regulation and the added three minutes of injury time, “The People’s Club” tried desperately to salvage their AFC Cup campaign with attempts from Dennis Villanueva, Masaki Yanagawa and Richard Talaroc, but could not find the goal as the match ended in another scoreless draw.
As a result, Pahang FA joins Group G leaders South China AA into the knockout stages of the 2015 AFC Cup.
While Global came up short in their international tourney, the former UFL champs deserve to hold their heads high, as they have done the country proud. Their historic run in the AFC Cup will only serve as an inspiration as well as a testament to the continuing development of Filipino football.
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