THE Philippines’ Young Azkals eye a breakthrough Southeast Asian Games men’s football semifinals appearance today.
Locked in three-way for third place with Cambodia and Malaysia with four points, the Filipinos can’t afford to make mistakes when they face minnows Timor Leste at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m.
At the same time in Biñan, Laguna, the Cambodians and the Malaysians lock horns in a do-or-die game.
Stephan Schrock, who produced the 72nd minute magic in the Philippines’ shock 1-0 win over Malaysia in front of 6,500 cheering fans Friday, knows that his troops need to play their best against the Timorese in order to make it.
“I told them that we either sit in the corner and cry, or we just face adversity and embrace it and get the three points tonight, and another three points against Timor Leste,” said Schrock,
The Young Azkals are heavy favorites over the Timorese, who aside from being winless in three matches are also entering their final Group A game shorthanded.
After the embarassing loss to the Philippines, Malaysia recorded its first full points by overcoming Timor Leste, 4-0, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Monday to keep its semis hopes alive in the tournament.