Still long way past group stage for Young Azkals
The Philippines’ hopes of reaching the semifinals of men’s football for the first time in 28 years will also hinge on two crucial Group A matches on Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Group A leader Myanmar takes on Cambodia at Biñan Football Stadium, while Malaysia and Timor Leste clash in the other 8 p.m. kickoff at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
The results of both games will greatly impact the Young Azkals’ chances of advancing past the group stage. A stunning 1-0 win over Malaysia kept the under-22 side in the hunt.
While they’ve been impressive for the larger part of their first three matches, the Young Azkals hope that other results will also go their way in a bid to make it to the medal round.
As it stands, Myanmar, which has seven points from three matches, can advance with at least a draw, leaving the four other squads to dispute the remaining semifinal berth.
Running second with four points and a superior goal difference compared to the Philippines, the Cambodians can also edge closer to the next round with a victory, although they still have to play Malaysia on Wednesday in a potential do-or-die clash.
Malaysia can set the stage for a tense final day of the group stage with a victory over a Timor Leste. INQ