Philippine football squads close SEA Games bid on high note
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2017 03:13 PM
(Photo courtesy of the official 2017 SEA Games website: http://www.kualalumpur2017.com.my)
KUALA LUMPUR – The National Under-22 squad dumped Timor Leste, 21, to exit the 29th Southeast Asian Games football competitions on a winning note at the UM Arena here on Thursday.
The Filipino booters closed out their Group B elimination series with two wins and three losses, good for fourth place in the tough six-team bracket, an improvement from their showing in the 2015 Singapore SEA Gams when they lost all of their four matches.
Defending champion Thailand topped the group with four wins and one draw while Indonesia, with three victories and two draws, placed second, as both squads advanced to the crossover semifinals on Saturday.
The Thais take on Group B runner-up Myanmar while Group A topnotcher Malaysia faces Indonesia in the other semis, with the winners advancing to the championship match on Aug. 29.
On the other hand, the national women’s team closed out its campaign in absorbing a 1-3 loss to Thailand at the Shah Ahlam Stadium the same day.
The Malditas ended their stint in the five-team, single-round tournament with one win and three losses while frustrating the title-retention bid of the Thais, who relinquished their crown to Vietnam.
The Vietnamese swamped winless Malaysia, 6-0, in the other match to clinch championship via a better goal difference.
Both Vietnam and Thailand finished the tournament tied with three wins and one draw, but the former had a better goal difference of plus-11 to the latter’s plus-9.