Azkals lose to China in World Cup, Asian Cup qualifiers
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Azkals fell to China, 2-0, in the joint 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers Tuesday (Manila time) at Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.
After an encouraging first half of play, the Azkals yielded two goals following intermission.
Chinese star Wu Lei converted on a penalty in the 56th minute before winger Wu Xinghan padded the lead in the 65th minute.
The loss delivered a big blow to the Azkals’ World Cup bid. The Philippines remained in third place in Group A with seven points with a 2-1-3 record.
Second-running China, on the other hand, boosted its chances to advance with 13 points (4-1-1).
The Azkals, who had a long layoff before the match against China, take on Guam on Friday.