Philippine football teams bow out of 2017 SEA Games medal contention

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 23, 2017 02:56 PM
PH football teams bow out of 2017 SEAG medal contention
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KUALA LUMPUR – The Philippine men’s and women’s teams bowed to superior foes to kiss their medal chances goodbye in the football tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games late Tuesday.

First to go down were the National Under-22 booters, who absorbed a 0-2 licking from defending champion Thailand for their third straight loss against a win in Group B at the MP Selayang Stadium.

The charges of coach Marlon Maro try to salvage their campaign against winless Timor Leste at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the UM Arena.

Faring even worse were the Malditas, who got trampled by Myanmar, 0-6, late at night at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Sporting a 1-2 win-loss record, the Filipina footballers wind up their own bid by tangling with defending champion Thais at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the same arena.

Both squads showed slight improvement from their past SEA Games performances, with the National Under-22 squad surpassing its predecessor, which lost all of its four games in Singapore two years ago.

The Malditas were winless in two matches the last time they saw action in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.   

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