BANGKOK, January 16 (Asean Football Championship) - The Philippines held on to record a surprise 0-0 draw against Myanmar at Army Stadium on Tuesday evening and in the process deny the 2005 semi-finalists a place in the last four of this year's Asean Football Championships.
Myanmar needed to emerge victorious and hope for either Thailand or Malaysia to win their encounter at Supachalasai Stadium to progress to the knockout phase of the competition.
And while the Thais earned a 1-0 win over the Malaysians, both of those teams will go through after Myanmar failed to keep their end of the bargain in one of the shock results in the competition's 11-year history.
Striker Si Thu Win hit the post 16 minutes from time as Myanmar pushed forward desperately looking for the winner but they were unable to beat goalkeeper Michael Casas and his courageous defence.
The point was the first the Philippines had picked up in this year's event after successive 4-0 defeats at the hands of the Thais and Malaysians but it was richly deserved thanks to their determined defending.
For all their dominance in possession, Myanmar rarely created any clear-cut scoring opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
Khin Maung Lwin saw his sixth-minute free kick palmed over the crossbar by Casas while Thu Win's shot on the turn three minutes later was well off target.
In the 21st minute, however, U Sann Win's side should have taken the lead when Yan Paing slipped his pass behind the Philippine defence, leaving Aung Myint Aye to race in on goal, but Casas denied the striker with a fine save with his feet.
The second half started off in cagey fashion and the Philippines almost took the lead against the run of play when substitute Jeffery Liman hit a sweetly struck effort from the edge of the area that only just cleared the crossbar.
As the clock ran down, however, Myanmar cranked up the pressure and a goal looked increasingly likely as the Filipinos tired, dropping deeper and deeper in defence.
Thu Win was the man causing the majority of the problems - and squandering most of the chances to give his team the win they desperately needed.
Eighteen minutes from time his low shot from distance was fumbled by Casas before going behind for a corner, from which captain Zaw Lynn Tun headed over the bar when he should have scored.
Two minutes later Thu Win's turn and shot finally left the Philippine defence stranded, but this time Casas' left upright came to his team's rescue.
And with 14 minutes to go Thu Win had no one but himself to blame when, unmarked, he rose to nod substitute Kyaw Thu Ra's cross over the bar.
As Myanmar pushed forward so the threat of the counter-attack loomed and Alvin Valeroso should have done better when he found himself with only Kyaw Zin Htet to beat, firing his shot straight at the goalkeeper in the 68th minute.
In stoppage time, defender Anton Del Rosario came to his side's rescue when he headed Yazar Win Thein's shot off his line with Casas beaten as the Philippines held on to record a famous result and deny Myanmar a place in the last four.