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SEA Games: Vietnam XI downs Under-23 Azkals


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Under-23 Azkals flirted with a huge upset before absorbing a 1-3 defeat to powerhouse Vietnam at the start of the football competition of the Southeast Asian Games at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

The Azkals took a shock lead in the 37th minute through Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott, whose strike from 12 yards from a pass from Mark Hartmann found the bottom corner.

It was a stunning turn of events for these Azkals as Ott only confirmed his participation at the last minute. Vietnam also had plenty of possession and tested the makeshift Azkals defensive line early on.

Still, the goal was a reward for the Azkals resolute defending and the stellar performance of Roland Muller early on.

The goal also brought back eerie memories of the upset that the senior team pulled off against Vietnam in last year’s Suzuki Cup in Hanoi.

Jeff Christiaens’ could only fire into the post early in the second half as the Azkals saw little of the ball, pinned into their own half.

Vietnam, however, refused to letup on attack and in the 62nd minute the Azkals defense was finally unlocked albiet by the help of its own captain.

Matthew Hartmann, selected to skipper the team for this tournament, headed the ball into his own net for Vietnam’s equalizer.

Vietnam finally went ahead in the 72nd minute after Muller, working extra hard to offset his defensive line’s frailties, could only punch the ball into the path of a Vietnamese player who had the easiest of chances to slot into an open net.

The rout was completed in injury time when the Vietnamese striker found space to shoot past Hartmann and beat Muller.

The Azkals hope to bounce back against Timor Leste on Monday.

Only the top two teams from the group will advance to the semifinals. The other teams in the Azkals’ bracket are Myanmar, Laos and Brunei.

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  • Anonymous

    Pham Thanh Luong is Messi of Vietnam

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGLTJCWRCJUAA3ZVZBST47OCGY Juancho ren

    Our U16′Teen Azkals’ ans U13 ‘Little Azkals’ should be in one school next year para makuha natin ang cohesion pagdating ng next SEAGames at AFC Asian Cup . Para din ka level na natin ang Thailand, Singapore at Indonesia…

  • Anonymous

    Wow, ang daming talangka dito ah. Para natalo lang nang isang beses feeling nila walang kwenta na yung team.

    Sigurado para sa kanila mas lalong basura yung 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls na nag-72-10. Biruin mo, sampung talo! Banban talaga yang Jordan na yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKGG2VMTLMPBTUBGQKGFGYWDBE Benjamin

    You have seen the match and you see the big difference between the two teams. Azkals in defensive mode while the viets in attacking sweet, accurate passing The viets had too many chances to score and it was just a matter of time, and they scored. Ganda laro ng viets at walang kwenta laro ng azkalz. Mga Fil-foreigners pa naman ang team at tinalo tayo ng pure bloodied vietnamese. Training at gastos pa sa japan, la din palang ibubuga. Coach ba  o players ang lang kwenta. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    i see no sense changing things at midstream. in spite of the defeat, i see gems. this is a good young team with big potentials. we are still young in terms of development. good to reach for the stars but let’s be grounded. trust and believe …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJVCNIIH47V72QUARUETEZBRTA KiNg

    Nagtry out ba ang mga yan or binayaran lang para maging askals??? Masmaraming magagaling na local players ang Pinas! Sayang ang panahon, dapat ng malaman ng buong mundo ang galing natin sa sports na ito.   

    • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

      kung maraming magagaling, eh dapat lumabas na sila at i-presenta sarili nila kay Palami.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Good start.  Still, the team should have been together longer.

  • http://totocausing.com Berteni Cataluña Causing

    I see Azkals defeating all the rest of Group opponents (Laos, Brunei, Myanmar and Timor Leste.)

    Then Azkals will go to a crossover semifinals either against Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, or Singapore. The other team in the other group is Cambodia.

  • Anonymous

    1st game pa lang yan, bawi na lang sa susunod.

  • Lakan Bugtali

    Palitan ang coach….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDMCTR5P7R2NXSDOSYXCBKU3MQ Sdfdsff Dsfsdf

      i agree!
      puro offense lang nalalaman! as if our team was the stronger team!
      all out war lang alam!
      walang paki-alam sa depensa!
      leonora was the weak link sa left flank na inaabuso ng vietnam pero di pinalitan nitong banban na coach na to!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GR25XWRELA656UOH2L2SJRUGFE RichV

        Ha? Isang talo sa powerhouse team palitan na ang coach? Sino papalit? Ikaw? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GR25XWRELA656UOH2L2SJRUGFE RichV

      Ha? Isang talo sa powerhouse team palitan na ang coach? Sino papalit? Ikaw? 

      • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

        hindi lang isang talo. sa aming nanonood ng lahat ng matches ng senior Azkals at ng U23, masama ang record ni Weiss. manood ka nga ng lahat ng games para makita mo.

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