Azkals draw in Guangzhou, U-22 team misses out on bronze in Merlion Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2019 10:07 PM
Azkals draw in China, U-22 misses out on bronze in Singapore
The Azkals manage to end their China training camp with a draw against Guangzhou Evergrande, while the U-22 selection dalls to Indonesia in the 2019 Merlion Cup Bronze Medal match. (File Photo)

The Philippine Men's Senior National Football Team ended their training camp in Guangzhou, China with a 0-0 draw against Chinese League powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in a friendly practice match, Sunday afternoon. 

The Azkals are coming off a 0-2 loss to the Chinese Men's National Team last Friday. 

The match against Guangzhou Evergrande was played in three 30-minute periods and gave opportunity to training camp invitees to showcase their skills on the pitch against top-flight competition.

The training camp in Guangzhou marked the start of the Azkals' preparations for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, which begins in September. 

The draw for the Asian qualifiers will be held in July. 

Over in Singapore, the Philippine Under-22 selection missed out on taking home the Bronze Medal after suffering a 0-5 defeat at the hands of the Indonesian Under-23 squad at the Jalan Besar Stadium. 

Muhammad Rafli was on fire for the Garuda Muda as he recorded a hat trick, with his first goal coming in the 6th minute. 

It was in the second half that the Indonesian side really dominated, sparked by Rizky Dwi Febrianto's 47th-minute penalty conversion. 

Rafli piled on as he found goals number two and three of his trifecta in the 60th and 67th minutes to make it a commanding 4-0 advantage. 

Ansawi Bahar added the finishing touch in the 73rd minute to send the Indonesian side to a podium finish. 

The Philippine side meanwhile will head home and head back to the drawing board as they prepare for their Southeast Asian Games bid this coming November. 

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