Pakistan rue their missed opportunities

Pakistan coach Zavisa Milosavljevic feels his side's lack of a proper striker ruined their chances of beating Bangladesh at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Pakistan coach Zavisa Milosavljevic

By Derek Michael

The SAFF Championship opener between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a goalless draw, with Pakistan wasting several opportunities to a vital win.

"We could have easily won the match, but for the wasted chances. We don't have a typical striker; and by typical I mean a player who will score from anywhere and can score any time," lamented Milosavljevic.

Nevertheless, the Serbian was satisfied with his team's overall performance.

"The Bangladesh team is really good. I am happy with my boys' performance, as I couldn't have asked for anything more," he said.

"Our next match is going to be an interesting one and hope we can win that. We are not thinking about the semi-finals. We are going to take it one match at a time," added the Serbian when asked about the match against Maldives on December 4.

Though his team received accolades from his opposite number, Bangladesh coach Nikola Ilievski felt the team could have performed better, but was nevertheless relieved to walk away with a point.

"We played poorly and we could have been victim of a real bad scoreline, but luckily we walk away with a point. I am disappointed with the performance," said Ilievski.

The Macedonian also felt that injuries to a couple of key players was another reason for the draw against Pakistan.

"We have badly missed the services of Raju and Shakeel, who have had been the mainstay of our team for the last couple of years. They are our midfield backbones," added Ilievski.

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