Suzuki Cup: Philippine Azkals crash out with loss to Vietnam


Posted at Dec 06 2018 10:31 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2018 05:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine national football team bid its title hopes goodbye after bowing to Vietnam, 2-1, in the second leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal at the My Dinh National Stadium Thursday night.

After holding the host team scoreless in first half, the Philippine Azkals conceded 2 goals.

The Azkals entered Thursday's match down 2-1 on aggregate following their loss to Vietnam at home.

They needed to score at least 2 goals against the Vietnamese squad.

But Nguyen Quang Hai scored a goal in the 83rd minute, followed by another strike by Nguyen Cong Phuong 3 minutes later.

In the 89th minute, James Younghusband pulled off one for the Philippine side to cut Vietnam's lead to 2-1.

But the Vietnam side made sure the visitors would have to bleed to get a chance to the goal, conceding to just one goal by the Filipinos.

Prior the loss, the Azkals were looking to duplicate the “Miracle of Hanoi” wherein they beat Vietnam 2-0 in 2010.

Vietnam advanced to the final round 4-2 on aggregate. The Vietnamese will take on Malaysia which beat Thailand in the other semifinal pairing.

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