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The Philippine Azkals still could not find the perfect rhythm as they lost another tune-up game, this time against DPR Korea, 3-1, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Monday, October 10.
Azkals also lost their friendly game against Bahrain last week, 3-1, wherein Mike Ott made his debut goal.
Still defenseless, the Azkals were left scoreless at halftime, 0-2, as Pak Kwang Ryong scored at the 11th minute via header and followed by a Pak Song Chol goal at the 38th minute.
At the second half, the North Koreans made sure that they would come up with a vengeance against the Filipino booters as Jong Il-Gwan hit another goal at the 67th minute of the regulation.
And as the rain started to pour harder in the second half, the Filipinos find a way to score through Ilain Ramsay to cut down the Korean lead to two, 1-3.
The Azkals became more aggressive, getting more shot attempts, but failed to convert some of it as they left the field bowing down to the gritty North Koreans.
On their last meeting, Azkals dismayed DPR Korea, 3-2, in Manila.
Next tune-up game for the Azkals will be against Kyrgyzstan on November 9, before they enter the Suzuki Cup on November 19.
Philippines Men’s National Team Head Coach
This was how Azkals coach Thomas Dooley assessed the defeat of the Philippine national football team against Uzbekistan Tuesday night in a 2018 World Cup qualifying game at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“We had a bad day, they (Uzbeks) had a good day,” Dooley said.
He said the defeat in the hands of the 76th ranked Uzbekistan is not a reason for the Azkals to feel down and give up.
“We need to go on and play. We don’t have to give up. We should be fine,” he added.
Dooley said they will analyze the game where they allowed the Uzbeks to score five goals, determine what went wrong “and then move forward.”
“There is something we have to learn and develop (after this defeat) and next we have to step up. We need to learn from this and take the lessons to the next game,” he pointed out.
The Azkals, now with two wins and one loss, will face North Korea in Pyongyang on Oct. 8. and Bahrain in Manama on Oct. 13.
Despite the strong rains in Metro Manila and Bulacan which started late in the afternoon and flooded certain portions of the metropolis and brought traffic to a standstill, more than 7,500 fans showed up to cheer on the Azkals.
The turnout was 25 percent higher than the attendance recorded during the Azkals’ game against Bahrain in the stadium last June.
Observers said had the weather cooperated, turnout could hit 8,000 considering the high-profile and extensive hype weeks before the match, including tweets and messages of support from well-known sports, movie and political personalities.
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