PH Azkals succumbs to DPR Korea in a friendly game

Photo by Carmelo Culvera 

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.