08 December 2010

Philippines draws vs Myanmar, off to ASEAN semis

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine national football team advanced to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup semi-final by holding Myanmar to a goalless draw in Vietnam on Wednesday.

Myanmar dominated offensively in the first half, but the Azkals' defense stayed solid at the Hien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh.

However, coach Simon McMenemy's squad was dangerous after the half-time break, with at least 3 scoring attempts rattling the uprights and the crossbar.

The Myanmar goalkeeper was also kept busy by long-range strikes.

The Myanmarese were agressive in the first half, but gradually lost steam.

The Philippines' goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was a dominating presence inside the 18-yard box.



  1. Anyone? Please confirm and finalize na kung saan yung home 1st league natin vs Indonesia...... I've heard Panaad Bacolod, other says Ultra or Rizal Stadium sa Vito Cruz.. kelangan ko na kasi mabook ticket asap since holiday na! Thanks po! Please support our team! Magbenta na kayo ng scarf na pinas bibili ako!!!!!

  2. The Philippines will not be able to play a leg of their semi-final or subsequent final at a home venue due to no available stadia in the country meeting the requirements for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

    The Asean Football Federation took the decision after careful consideration and talks with the relevant parties.

    A set of guidelines has to be met before a stadium can stage an AFF Suzuki Cup match and none of the proposed venues in the Philippines reached the required standard stipulated in the Hosting Obligations for the tournament.

    The Philippines Football Federation agrees they will be allowed to choose to play one leg of their semi-final at a neutral venue or both legs in the country of their opposition.

    The Asean Football Federation would like to congratulate the Philippines for reaching the last four of the AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time and wish them good luck in the semi-finals.

  3. its just sad... how i wish somebody like pacquiao would make a good venue... i would love to cheer the azkals... so panaad dint pass the inspection?

  4. Panaad Stadium in Bacolod hosted the AFF Football Champions Qualifiers back in 2006. How can it not pass the AFF requirments just to host our very first semi-final appearance? this is BS. The PFF is rightly to blame. There were plans to rehabilitate the Rizal Stadium into a specific soccer stadium last year. Since then nothing has happened. Do something PFF!!!

  5. Panaad stadium should host the semi-finals, it has been host to a lot of international football tournaments.how come it didnt pass the requirements.

  6. according to AFF Panaad lacked 10,000 more seating capacity...