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Football: Philippine Azkals, U-22 squad suffer losses abroad

By ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 07, 2019 10:47 PM

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The Philippine Men's Senior National Team and the Under-22 Men's National Team both suffered defeats in respective matches overseas, Friday evening. 

The Philippine Azkals, who are gearing up for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of the China PR National Team at the Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China. 

Wu Xi was the first to score for the home side in the 13th minute, while Zhang Xizhe doubled the lead for China in the 53-minute mark. 

The match against the Chinese National Team is the first of two matches for the Azkals in this training camp in China. They have a chance to bounce back in a practice match against a local club team on Sunday, June 9th in Guangdong. 

The FIFA Qualifiers begin this coming September. 

Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, the Philippine U-22 selection absorbed a 3-0 beating at the hands of host nation Singapore in their 2019 Merlion Cup opening matchup. 

Amiruldin Asraf opened the scoring for the Young Lions in the 26th minute, while Irfan Fandi doubled the lead in the 61st minute. 

Substitute Ikhsan Fandi put the match on ice with a 66th-minute strike for the opening day win. 

The U-22 squad will now meet Indonesia in the Bronze Medal match also on Sunday, June 9th. 

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