AFC Champions League: Melbourne City draw with BG Pathum United

Melbourne City had to settle for a draw against BG Pathum United despite having chances to win the game.

Melbourne City remains in contention for a spot in the AFC Champions League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw with Thai outfit BG Pathum United.

The draw kept City in second place on the Group G ladder, two points adrift of leaders United.

Only the top team in each of the 10 groups are guaranteed a spot in the round of 16.

They will be joined in the knockout stages by the six-best second-placed sides – three each from the east and west regions.

But complicating matters in the east region that involves City is that the second-placed teams results against the sides that finish at the bottom of each group in fourth place won’t be counted when deciding which second-placed teams qualify because Group J only has three clubs following the withdrawal of Aaron Mooy’s Chinese outfit Shanghai Port.

City attacker Marco Tilio said his side paid the price for failing to take their chances against BG Pathum United.

“Unfortunately we didn’t put them away,” Tilio said.

“In the end, the result is what it is and we just look forward to the next game to come.”

City’s final Group G game is against last-placed United City on Sunday morning.

City coach Patrick Kisnorbo said: “We’ve got to look at the whole picture. We’ve got a team that lost two starting midfielders, had players and staff have Covid, we’ve come to a country where conditions are tough, we’ve had players injured, and we’ve drawn with the home team (BG Pathum United) twice.”

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