Monday , January 17 2022

Azkals near the Suzuki Cup seized after holding Thailand to 1-1 stalemate


BACOLOD CITY – Introduced the long-term latest of talents from the country's football, Barotac Nuevo, a goal that could be of paramount importance to the Philippines's hopes of reaching the Suzuki AFF Cup chest cam.

On a rainy Wednesday evening at the Panaad Stadium, Joven Bedic came from the bench to the homeowner's refusal as Azkals saved 1-1 with Thai to stay on track for a place in the semifinal.

Bedquake allowed effort to lose the earlier 82-minute strike by Supachai Jaided as the Philippines continued to be level with Thailand with seven points in Group B. Another point against Indonesia in Jakarta on Sunday will be enough for Philippines to reach the round next.

The Azkals came into the game that was eager to win a 46-year-old no-spell against Thais. And while they did not walk away with the highest points, the fighting performance was enough to print the trainer Sven Goran Eriksson. In fact, Azkals could have won more of the game if they were more clinically at the goal as Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt had lost good opportunities in the first half.

"First of all I believe we've played very well 90 minutes," said Eriksson. "We're a better team out. It's a nice draw but we could have won the game. I think we've done very well against a good team."

Please note that this type of performance should put Azkals on their way to the semifinals.

"If we play this way, we should be eligible for the semifinals," said Eriksson. "I think this is a very good performance for us."

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