SEA Games 2019: U-22 Azkals meet Timor Leste in must-win matchup
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 04, 2019 09:54 AM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
The Philippine Under-22 Men’s Football National Team find themselves in yet another must-win matchup, this time against Timor Leste in their final 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men’s Football group stage fixture, Wednesday afternoon at the Biñan Stadium in Biñan, Laguna.
Kick-off time is at 4:00 PM.
After a draw and a loss in their first two matches in Group A action, the U-22 Azkals were able to put themselves in a position to contend for a spot in the semifinals after scoring a pivotal victory against Malaysia last November 29th.
The 1-0 win courtesy of a Stephan Schrock corner helped the Azkals climb up to four points in three matches, at level with fellow Group A contenders Cambodia and Malaysia, who are also set to face off Wednesday at 4:00 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
To strengthen their case for a spot in the Final Four, the Pinoy side will need to win and win big, against an already-eliminated Timor Leste side that has yet to earn a point in the SEA Games tournament.
The U-22 Azkals’ path to a semis berth won’t be as simple as just getting a win over Timor Leste however, as they will need some things that are out of their hands to go their way.
The best case scenario for the U-22 Azkals will be if they beat Timor Leste, and Cambodia and Malaysia battle to a draw. This outcome will have the Azkals finishing with 7 points and in second place in Group A to earn a spot in the semis. Cambodia and Malaysia would finish with 5 points each.
Should either Cambodia or Malaysia win, the Philippines will need to win by a wide margin to make up for the goal difference and qualify for the semis. As it stands, Cambodia is ahead in goal difference with a +4, while Malaysia is right behind with a +3. The Philippines sits at an even 0.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty tense afternoon for Filipino football fans. Be sure to catch the action LIVE!
U-22 Azkals vs. Timor Leste will be live at 4:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 and on livestream via https://sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/seag1
Cambodia vs. Malaysia will be live at 4:00 PM on LIGA channel 86, LIGA HD channel 183, and on livestream via https://sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/seag2