No goals as Muangthong United draw with Roar

The Brisbane Roar hosted Muangthong United at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday in Group E of the AFC Champions League and neither side were able to score a goal as the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

In just their second appearance in the AFC Champions League, Muangthong, boasting the cream of the Thailand team that lifted the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, were keen to register their first-ever win in the competition against the Roar.

The Roar, playing at home, were out to win in front of their home fans for the first time in Asia’s premier club competition. The Queensland outfit have never progressed out of the Group Stages of the AFC Champions league, having been unsuccessful in their three previous attempts to do so.

By all accounts, this was a clash of two clubs finding their feet in the AFC Champions League and their inexperience on such a big stage showed.

The Roar simply never turned up. They were absent and reluctant to press forward, a cardinal sin in the AFC Champions League where clean sheets mean little without goals at the other end.

After not creating anything for practically the entire first half, their best chance of the game fell to Nicholas D’Agostino in the 41st minute but he was denied by Kawin Thamsatchanan.

Muangthong certainly turned up. They were energetic and played at a high tempo. Although they were able to create plenty of chances, their lack of composure in front of goal was a tell-tale sign of their lowly status in the competition.

Teerasil Dangda had a strong penalty shout in the fifth minute that was turned down by referee Fahad Al-Marri.

Spanish star Xisco had an off-day. He squandered countless opportunities. The easiest of which was a 58th minute attempt at a header that he completely fluffed when it seemed easier to hit the target than to miss it.

Never the less, the Thai club were the better team on the day and will be hugely disappointed they never capitalised on their many opportunities.

When the disappointment settles, they will surely realise that they do belong in this competition and are capable of progressing.

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