United City FC (UCFC) and Kaya FC suffered disappointing losses in the group stage of the AFC Champions League late Tuesday.
UCFC head coach Jason Withe was left frustrated after absorbing a 0-7 setback to Daegu FC of Korea in Tashkent, Uzbekistan while Kaya FC suffered a 0-5 loss to Viettel FC of Vietnam in its own group stage match in Bangkok, Thailand.
Withe admitted that their lopsided loss proved that their buildup was not enough to survive the competitive brand of play in this prestigious continental tourney.
In fact, their loss to the Korean side was their worse defeat in club history, even during the time when they were still called Ceres Negros FC.
“Obviously, we are very disappointed. Losing the game that way, that is disappointing,” Withe said.
“The preparation for this tournament has not been a long preparation. These boys almost had a year of not playing football.”
Daegu FC buckled down to work early as Brazilian strikers Cesinha and Edgar doubled the scoring in the 23rd and 42nd minute before skipper Jin Hyuk Kim converted a header that put the Filipinos in a deep 0-3 hole in the first half.
Substitute An Yong-woo added further damage to UCFC’s backline with two more goals in the 62nd and 72nd mark, before the powerhouse Korean club nailed a couple of last-minute goals from Park Han Bin and Chi-In Jeong to complete the massacre.
With the loss, UCFC is now in the bottom of Group I with a 0-1-1 record.
Kaya FC, meanwhile, registered its second consecutive loss in Group F after being down early against the Vietnamese side.