14 November 2018

Reichelt gives Sven-Göran Eriksson winning debut

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--The Philippines' quest for the AFF Suzuki Cup went on a strong start after grinding out a close 1-0 win over four-time champions Singapore Tuesday evening in Panaad.

Sven-Göran Eriksson nearly walked through the tight-rope on to start his tenure with the Azkals until Patrick Reichelt saved the Swede's blushes with a late second half strike on Phil Younghusband's record-setting day of playing his century of matches.

It was a lethargic first half for both sides, most notably for the hosts as they were frustrated by the compact defence of Singapore, with memories of that goalless stalemate in Bocaue fresh on their minds.
Eriksson made two interesting changes just before and right after half-time, with James Younghusband providing the strength and power that the visitors did not like when he forced Hassan Sunny into a flying stop in the 63rd minute.
Just as Sunny thought of his invincibility, the Azkals finally got his goal breached in the 78th minute, when the skipper picked out the Ceres Negros man in a tightly guarded penalty box while he made no mistake in hitting his effort from seven yards out.

Debutante John-Patrick Strauss nearly put the match to bed a minute before full time when he hit his left-footed shot wide to the right.

The majority of the 4,327 supporters inside the hallowed Negrense ground was in ovation after the younger Younghusband, who debuted for the Philippines on the same pitch a dozen years ago, gave way to Curt Dizon to cap off his century of Azkals caps.

Philippines: Etheridge (GK), De Murga, Mike Ott (James YH 46'), Woodland (Sato 36'), Manny Ott, Phil YH (C) (Dizon 90+6'), Schröck, Steuble, Mulders, Reichelt, Strauss

Singapore: Hassan Sunny (GK), Hamzah, Ramli (Ishak 66') (Mahler 71'), Hanapi, Yacob, Harun (C), Irfan Fandi (Khairul Amri 86'), Ilkhsan Fandi, Baharudin, Quak


13 November 2018

AFF Suzuki Cup : Philippines 1-0 Singapore

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BACOLOD CITY (12 Nov 2018) – Sven Goran Eriksson, the newly appointed head coach of the Philippines, is ‘excited’ at the prospect of playing against Singapore in his first match in charge.
The well-travelled Swede will be at the helm when the Philippines opened their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign against Singapore at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
“I was impressed by Singapore and how they played against Indonesia. This is a new experience for me,” said Eriksson.
“I am excited and looking forwards to our first match against Singapore.”
Eriksson, who took England to the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006, has the utmost respect for Singapore head coach Fandi Ahmad after watching the Lions beat Indonesia.
The Swede was at the National Stadium to watch the Singapore-Indonesia clash.
“I am not worried (after watching Singapore beat Indonesia). They deserved to win,” added Eriksson. “They have good two good strikers and they play direct good football.
“We have to play well to beat them.”
This is Eriksson’s first sojourn to the region where he will also handle the team to next year’s AFC Asian Cup Finals.  

12 November 2018

Malditas march on to round 2 of the Olympic qualifiers after smothering Mongolia

The Philippines progressed to the second round of Women's Olympic qualifiers with a match to spare following their 5-1 rout of Mongolia Sunday afternoon (evening Manila time) in Hisor, Tajikistan.

Following the withdrawal of UAE and Macau in Group B. the qualifying format was tweaked instantly with the top two sides in each group automatically qualified, with the two best third place finishers completing the cast for round two.

Despite the late change in format, Let Dimzon's Malditas showed no signs of slowing down in Group A play, with debutant Shelah Cadag notching her second hat-trick in three matches to set up Tuesday's tiff with Michelle Pao and Chinese Taipei for the group's top honors.

Cadag put the Filipinas ahead eight minutes into the match, and then added another one fifteen minutes later before being pegged back by an Undrakh Ulziibayar penalty deep into added time for a 2-1 halftime lead.

However, Camille Rodriguez resumed normal services at the hour mark, with Kyla Inquig netting her first full international strike in the 81st minute.

Cadag completed the hat-trick five minutes before full time to complete the rout.

Philippines: Palacios (GK), Long, Rodriguez, Dolino, Cadag, Castañeda, Tomanon, Bernal, Lemoran, Inquig, Impelido (C)
subs used: Lopez, Navaja, Lustan


Azkals squad list for AFF Suzuki Cup (Unofficial)

Azkals squad list for AFF Suzuki Cup (Unofficial, TBC)

23 Players
Manny and Mike Ott , Ramsay, Phil Y, James Y, Steuble, Bedic, Mulders, Etheridge, Falkesgaard, Deyto, Reed, Woodland, Strauss, Aguinaldo, Palla, Dizon, Ingreso, Sato, Schrock, Silva, Reichelt and De Murga

Following players from training camp not included in Azkals final squad list for AFF Suzuki Cup

Philippines 5-1 Mongolia

The Philippine Women’s National Team notched their third straight win in the 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament – Asian Qualifiers Round 1 after defeating Mongolia, 5-1, last Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Hisor Central Stadium in Tajikistan.
UST forward Shelah Mae Cadag took her tally to 7 goals in the qualifiers with another hat-trick scoring in the 8th, 15th, and 85th minutes. Camille Rodriguez and Kyla Inquig added fuel to further gloss to the result with goals in the 60th and 81st minutes.
The win took the Philippines’ tally to 9 points after 3 matches. The final match of the qualifiers will be against Chinese Taipei on Tuesday 13 November 2018.