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With only one point and three games left, qualifying is a tall task for Syria. (Photo: FAS)

Syria coach Anas Makhlouf: Asian Cup qualification out of reach

With only one point and three games left, qualifying is a tall task for Syria. (Photo: FAS)

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Following their 2-1 defeat to Singapore on Tuesday evening, which leaves them bottom of Group A with one point, the Middle East nation's chances of being in Australia look slim

It was a sombre Anas Makhlouf who greeted the press following his team's shock 2-1 defeat to Singapore on Tuesday evening.

The Syria coach felt that his team’s second loss in the group stages will hurt their chances of qualifying for the 2015 Asian Cup, following a loss and draw against Oman and Jordan respectively in two prior matches.

Two second-half goals by Khairul Amri and substitute Gabriel Quak propelled the Lions to a surprise victory over the Middle-Eastern nation at the Jalan Besar Stadium, with substitute Raja Rafe's 89th-minute goal proving to be only a consolation.

The loss was Syria’s second in Group A, leaving them bottom with only one point, prompting Makhlouf to admit qualification may be beyond his team now.

“I think it’s very difficult, we lost the second game and it is going to be very difficult now,” he conceded at the post-match press conferece.

He also refused to blame the artificial pitch of the Jalan Besar Stadium, and instead deflected blame to his team for not grabbing their chances.

“I think maybe [the artificial pitch had affected our game] but not many (much),” Makhlouf said.

“We had the chance to score but we didn’t. They (Singapore) had four chances and they scored two goals, and we had many chances to score but we didn’t.

“I think my players were under pressure and they cannot do what they had to do, it’s football, we lose and win. We had the chance to score and it was our problem.”

The Syrians next face Singapore again on November 15 in Tehran, Iran, in a must-win clash.

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