Analysis: Missed opportunities a bane for Shan United
Yangon: Shan United will be left to rue missed opportunities following a 1-0 loss to Singapore’s Home United in their opening Group F encounter in the 2018 AFC Cup on Tuesday.
Playing at home, Shan United dominated proceedings but couldn’t make it count and were made to pay when Home United struck on the counter attack with just 15 minutes remaining.
Soe Myat Min’s men spurned chance after chance in an otherwise dominant display from the champions of Myanmar.
The home side pushed forward in waves, and won twice as many corners (12 to 6) showing how much pressure they were able to put on the visitors’ defence.
But their profligacy in front of goal is what hurt them the most, with eight shots off target, including many from inside the box, as evidenced by the graph above.
Just as they spurned their chances, Home United’s defence also stood strong, led by goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah who made five saves from five shots in a heroic display.
As disappointing as the result was for the home side, there were plenty of positives, including the performance of winger Yan Naing Oo.
The 21-year-old, already capped by the senior national team of Myanmar, was one of his side’s best players on the evening, showing a willingness to attack the defence and take on defenders with his pace and quick feet.
Playing on the left wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, he completed 22 passes at an accuracy of 96 percent and had four key passes as he created chances for his teammates in the box. Only two balls, an attempted long ball and a corner, were deemed unsuccessful on an otherwise stellar night for the winger.
Counter Attack Class
They may have been under the pump for most of the game, but Home United were able to display almost the perfect counter attacking football with their match winning goal.
The graph below displays the average positions of both teams (Shan United in light blue and Home United in dark blue) and shows how advanced Shan United played, with almost every player bar the two central defenders in their own half, whereas Home United had almost every player bar one in their defensive half.
What this meant was when the visitors were able to win the ball in midfield they had a lot of space in front of them to exploit, and that’s just what they did for their goal, working the ball out to Faritz Hameed (#9) who put in a perfect cross for Song Ui-young (#8), who arrived in the box late to bundle the ball home.