PAKISTAN provided a lifeline for the Philippine men’s football team
as it edged out Chinese Taipei, 1-0, in the Peace Cup on Sunday at the
Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Pakistani victory vaulted them to the top spot with three points
and a goal difference of +1 and kept the door open for the Azkals to
defend the title they captured in the inaugural edition last year.
The Filipino booters, who lost to Chinese Taipei, 1-2, on Friday and
are in third place without a point and a -1 GD to show, now need to win
by two goals against Pakistan in the final day of the tournament on
Tuesday to retain the crown.
Pakistan unlocked the Taiwanese defense early on, with Zeshan Rehman
firing the lone goal that mattered seven minutes into the game.
Pakistan conjured another chance a minute before second-half stoppage
time when Mohammed Ali headed a shot that was only denied by the