Azkals fall to Syria to open 2nd round of World Cup Qualifiers
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 05, 2019 09:36 PM
Javi Patiño was one of two Azkals to score in the loss to Syria (FILE PHOTO)
The Philippine Men’s National Team started strong but could not sustain the momentum as they fell to Syria, 2-5 to open the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Thursday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.
The hometown crowd had a lot to cheer for in the opening moments of the match, as Javi Patiño struck early to give the Azkals the lead in the 7th minute of action.
It didn’t take long for the visiting Syrians to pull even as Omar Al-Soma connected on a header of his own to tie things up at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Syria would take a 2-1 lead into the midgame intermission thanks to a Khaled Almbayer in the 31st minute.
The struggles continued for the Azkals in the second half, as they opened with a handball violation, giving the visitors a penalty opportunity, which was converted by Firas Al Katib to make it a 3-1 lead.
Al-Soma would add to the Azkals woes as he found the back of the net in the 56th to make it a 4-1 advantage.
Mike Ott made things a bit interesting in the 84th minute, pulling one back for the Azkals to make it 4-2, but the momentum was short lived as Mahmoud Almawas answered back to make it 5-2 in the 86th.
The Azkals return to the pitch on Tuesday, September 10th when they face Guam at the Guam F.A. National Training Center in Dededo.