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Azkals hardpressed to win vs Tajikistan after China drubbing

first_imgView comments MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Finals coaches ponder Warriors’ spot among their epic teams Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the back of a busy schedule in the Philippines Football League, the Azkals only had two training sessions under coach Thomas Dooley before the battled China in the friendly which also saw the Azkals mentor give newcomer Camelo Tacusalme playing time at centerback.READ: No time to sulk, Azkals look to move on after China rout “I was pretty much lost for words in terms of the result,” said Phil Younghusband. “We were quite embarrassed to be honest, but we have to be positive because there were some good things in the game and also things we need improve on.”Younghusband said the China match showed the gap in level at the moment and how much work should be done for the Azkals, “if thats the level we want to be.”But the Azkals captain stressed that the more important game will be against Tajikistan on Tuesday at Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe. Another win will keep the Azkals on top of Group H.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU – The heavy 1-8 defeat to China last Wednesday night only cranked up the pressure on the Philippines to secure a victory against Tajikistan in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying in Dushanbe next week.But the Azkals will be missing key personnel for the match as leftback Jeffrey Christiaens and winger Pika Minegishi were omitted from the squad of coach Thomas Dooley before the trip to the Tajik capital via Urumqi last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We never want to be in this position again and we need to take what we learn and not make those same mistakes against Tajikistan,” said Younghusband.“This (loss to China) doesn’t harm our chances of making the Asian Cup. Emotionally and mentally it affects us, but in terms of reaching our goal, it doesn’t affect us. We know that if we can get a good result in Tajikistan that we’re a step closer to reaching our goal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Christiaens complained of swelling on his knee after the match. Misagh Bahadoran, who scored the lone goal for the Azkals at Tianhe Stadium, initially thought he had reinjured his knee after limping off against China, but tests showed it was only a minor knock, which he can recover from in time for the Tajikistan game.READ: Azkals suffer ’embarrassing’ defeat to ChinaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames Younghusband sustained a sprain ankle early against China and had to be substituted. The Azkals’ defensive frailties were exposed by China and skipper Phil Younghusband vowed they won’t allow themselves to be caught in the same situation again.“If we play like we did against China then we’ll struggle to get a result in Tajikistan,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. “Winning Tajikistan was a must before the China game and moreso now because we need to get the result of (China) out of our heads.”last_img

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