Azkals arrive in Bangkok safely, brace for another storm on Wednesday

Mark Escarlote on Dec 08, 2014 03:43 PM
Azkals already in Thailand for Suzuki Cup semis second leg
The Philippine Azkals arrived safely in Bangkok ahead of their second leg match against Thailand in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals on Wednesday.
The Philippine Azkals literally weathered a storm and arrived safely in Bangkok on Monday ahead of the second leg of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals against Thailand. Team manager Dan Palami confirmed on his Twitter account that the entire team is already in Thailand and getting ready for their crucial match on Wednesday at the 65,000-capacity Rajamangala Stadium. The Filipino booters left for Bangkok amid Typhoon ‘Ruby’ ravaging throughout the Philippines. “Azkals arrived safely in [email protected] @FrancinePrieto thank you for praying over the AZKALS. We offer our game to you Daddy God,” Palami’s post in his account @dscpalami Monday afternoon. The Azkals battled the visiting team to a scoreless draw last Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, ending the Philippines 14-game losing streak against the Thais for over four decades. Coach Thomas Dooley and the Azkals will have to brace for another storm behind enemy territory when they kick off the most important match of their third attempt to march into the finals. “I’m 100 percent sure they (Thailand) will put a lot of pressure on us. They have 40 to 50,000 people behind them that is always very difficult for the opponent to play against,” Dooley said. Dooley hopes to win or at least get a scoring tie that will serve as their ticket to the finals. In an instance of a scoring tie, the Azkals will take the championship round spot because of the higher value of an away goal. The winner of the second leg will face Malaysia or Vietnam in the championship round. Vietnam is a step closer to barging into the finals after winning the first leg, 2-1, at Malaysia’s home pitch. ABS-CBN Sports+Action will air the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal match second leg live on Wednesday starting at 7:30 pm.

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