PH Azkals book semis seat in Suzuki Cup


Angel Guirado doubles PH lead. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup website.

MANILA, Philippines — Philippines blanked Myanmar, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Friday and bring the competition to home soil for the first time.

The last time the Philippines entered the semis was in 2010 but the Azkals still did not have a home turf to play on.

This year, they will have the full support of the Filipinos here in Manila at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Azkals also made history, defeating the Burmese — and in such convincing fashion — for the first time in 12 tries.

Angel Guirado coolly finished in injury time, doubling the lead of the Azkals, who will play a home-and-away semifinals series against the top seed in group B.

Phil Younghusband, who was on attack mode early on, scored the opening goal in the 46th minute on a left-footed strike.

Goalkeeper Ed Sacapaño, once again, had a superb performance and kept a clean slate for the second straight match in Thailand.

In the other game, Thailand defeated Vietnam, 3-1, to top the group A bracket and also advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

Philippines blanked Myanmar, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Friday and bring the competition to home soil for the first time.

Philippines blanked Myanmar, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Friday and bring the competition to home soil for the first time.

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  • bugoybanggers

    Nagayon nararamdaman na nang mga PINOY kung gaano kahalaga ang malahian ng mga WESTERN? Aba sisihin ninyo ang mga KATIPUNERO kasi lumaban sa mga KASTILA. Sana hinayaan na lang nila na magpalahi ng magpalahi ang mga KASTILA noong panahon siguro sa 300yrs ba naman sigurado ako baka TISOY lahat ang mga PILIPINO. Hindi sana maka porma ang mga TSEKWA at SAKANG ngayon. Yun lang nga, galit si LOLO dahil baka pang TINOLA na lang ang lahing PILIPINO. Ngayon, tanong ko lang sa mga PILIPINO, ano kaya kung sa nililigawan mo, karibal mo PUTI at sasabihan ka ng tatay ng BABAE na BOY wag ka ng umasta! Gusto kung magka APO ng TISOY kaya ikaw panTINOLA na lang. PAYAG ka ba?

  • oh_noh

    watched how angel guirado buried his goal… fantastic!!!

    go AZKALS (AZong KALyes!!!)!!!

  • peteryang47

    The significant difference of having your professional Filipino players( who had  played in Europe) into the team had made a huge difference and contribution to the football in the Philippines as what it is today, compared to the past and this cannot be denied. Ask any football experts and analysts abroad who know about the game better and this will be the same answer as what I mentioned here .
    There is also a significant difference in terms of  being  more advance in technical skills and discipline approach in the game when one had  ply his trade in these European professional league, I myself had played in my country domestic league, played with the Thai Vietnamese, Myanmar Singaporean even Aussies, ( they used to have an air force based here back in the 70s ) and  i can say  through experience  the  level standard of our game  compared to the European and South Americans, we Asian specially Asean as of today are still  behind, as even in the scope of coaching scouting and professional management in the game. We need to be willing to learn  adapt and adjust for better changes and to  further progress, Only then our local coaches scout managers and players can gain more knowledge to improve better and further. Learning from someone  who had better knowledge and experience, one has nothing to lose but all to gain. I recalled the time when i was player then, but today I owed it all to  two coaches who has taught me the finer art of the beautiful game and the experience I’ve gained , One was of German  and the other was of Brazilian certified coach. As of now, Philippines does need these professional Filipino players which is vital. Frankly with no intention of insulting  anyone here, if not for these  Filipino professional players who had the experience of playing in Europe, The Philippines team will not had make it to the Semis. Their contribution made a difference and it is no denying despite soccer is a teamwork sport.  The local players are still behind  in terms of technical skills and discipline approach in their games but the seed has been planted specially in the grass root, Give your local players three to five years and you may see an increase  in numbers of them making into the first team, having the presence of these players in your team made a huge difference really. The matter of them being being mixed or pure is irrelevantand should be laid to rest  if you were to ask me,  You can also see other teams are also including mixed and even naturalized 100% foreign blood players in their respective teams, Tonight we saw Indonesia threw in Van Bekering who is a dutch  professional soccer player and two more  such foreign  players  in their match against Malaysia. After tonight match our match commentator along with an ex national player and coach had already started to view the two Semi finals, Thailand vs Malaysia and Singapore vs The Philippines, He made a comment that  Philippines is the team to watch out for, specially now they have these FILIPINO  professional players from Europe and this made a huge difference and contribution and I fully agreed. Noticed that he mentioned Filipino professional players from Europe and  not foreign players.Thank You and keep on playing the beautiful game

  • jorgepaule1982

    bawi dapat si wolf sa semis.

  • jorgepaule1982

    To pinoy crabs who lived under a rock, who are just following pinoy football just now, enough of the “they are not full blooded pinoys” bull crap. before these so called half pinoys came, we use to loose 11-0, 13-1, 7-0 against our southeast asian neighbors. Now we are in the semis back to back. If you don’t like the team, just watch something else. Simple as that.

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