Azkals loses to Syria anew in FIFA, Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgFor the Azkals, meanwhile, this wastheir second defeat following a 5-2 loss to the same team last September inBacolod City. The Philippine squad had seven points on two wins, one draw andtwo losses. MANILA – The Philippine men’s footballteam showed improvement than in their first meeting but still suffered a 1-0defeat in the hands of Syria in the joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cupqualifying match at the Maktoum bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai, UAE. After Alsamh’s conversion, thePhilippine team became aggressive on their attack with Curt Dizon having anopportunity to force a tie at the 54th minute but was foiled by the defense. Mark Hartmann also had his chances forthe Azkals but his try went straight to the defense of Syrian keeper IbrahimAlma in the 73rd minute after some nice interplay between Mike Ott and IainRamsay on the left. Ward Alsamh nailed the marginal goalfor the Syrians at the 23rd minute on Tuesday to survive a tough stand by theAzkals and remain on top in Group A with 15 points after winning all of theirfive games so far.center_img The Azkals had been on point withtheir defense to start the match but a defensive lapse led to the conversion ofAlsamh from a missed free kick by Osama Omari. A Syrian player tries to dribble the ball past Stephen Schrock of the Philippine Azkals in their second round matc up in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers held in Dubai on Tuesday. AFC The Azkals will have a lengthy breakbefore plunging back to the qualifier. It plays host to Guam on March 26 at thePanaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City./PNlast_img