Suzuki Cup: Azkals fall to Vietnam in first leg of semis

ABS-CBN News on Dec 02, 2018 09:45 PM
Suzuki Cup: Azkals fall to Vietnam in first leg of semis
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The Philippine Men's Football National Team absorbed their first loss in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup, falling to Vietnam in the first leg of the semifinals, Sunday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod. 

The top-seeded team in Group A, Vietnam came out strong and took an early lead courtesy of Nguyen Anh Duc in the 12th minute. 

Reichelt came up big once again for the Azkals as he hit the equalizer just before heading into the halftime break. 

It wouldn't take long for Vietnam to regain the lead, as Phan Van Duc put the visitors back in the drivers' seat in the 48th minute. 

More chances came the way of both sides but at the end of 90 minutes, the score stood, giving Vietnam a crucial win on the road. 

Down a goal on aggregate, the Azkals now head to Hanoi for the second leg of the semis, which happens on December 6th. 

It' do-or-die for the Azkals as they try to avoid another semifinals exit. 

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