The journey of the Men’s National Team (Azkals) to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 continues. The Asian Cup is the prestigious national teams tournament of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for countries in Asia.
The Philippine Men’s National Team is in the final qualifying round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The Philippines are currently on top of Group F with six points after wins over Nepal and Tajikistan early this year.
The Philippine Football Federation invites all football enthusiasts and stakeholders to the third match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers which will pit the Philippines against Yemen on 5 September 2017, 7:30 PM at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
The match is the second home game for the Philippines after its match against Nepal last 28 March 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Azkals won that match, 4-1.
This will be the first time in four years that the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium will host the Philippine Men’s National Team. The previous hosting of the Azkals in the venue was during the 2013 Philippine Football Peace Cup.
“We are happy to announce that the Philippine Men’s National Team will play at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium for their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers match against Yemen,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “We invite all football fans to watch and support our Philippine Men’s Team, the Azkals.”
Tickets are available at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide and online at www.smtickets.com starting Friday 18 August 2017. Tickets will also be available at the gate during the game.
Ticket details are as follows:
Category 1 Blue Grandstand Seats – P500 Category 2 Yellow Grandstand Seats – P300 Category 3 Green, Red, and Orange Grandstand area – P100 Category 4 Bleachers – P50
MAKATI--Kaya Makati banked on the heroics of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma to salvage a 2-2 draw against JPV Marikina in one of three scheduled PFL matches on Wednesday night at the University of Makati Stadium.
The veteran netminder delivered at the death with a huge save that kept Marikina from stealing the three points on the road.
Marikina entered the scoreboard first as Taku Uesato drilled a goal just two minutes into play.
Robert Mendy, however, canceled the first blood as he got to the ball first following a footrace and found himself with only Nelson Gasic to beat before striking the ball into the net in the 16th minute.
Uesato, however, sealed his brace with a 39th minute goal that put Marikina back up, 2-1, by halftime.
Early into the second half, however, Makati got a golden opportunity as a Marikina player was slapped with a handball infraction inside the penalty area, giving Makati a penalty kick.
Adam Reed, the designated kicker, did not disappoint as he blasted the ball to the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-all count.
Then Cuaresma took over, saving five huge Marikina shots including three from short distance to save the draw.
But none was more important than his huge save in the last play of the match as Marikina was inches away from the goalmouth anew.
The draw was enough to catapult Makati past Cebu for second place on goal difference. Both clubs will meet on Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
Marikina, on the other hand, remained in fifth place.
Simon Greatwich and Meralco Manila busted another run, this time the 11-match unbeaten home streak of Ceres Negros in all competitions (Bob Guerrero/FC Meralco Manila)
MANILA--There is no such thing as forever, even in sports.
That's what league-leading, streak-busting Meralco Manila told a shorthanded Ceres Negros about their unbeaten home record when the Sparks became the first team all season long to get not just one, but all three points in Bacolod in one of the PFL's midweek tripleheader on Wednesday night.
Taking advantage of the absence of Manny Ott (suspension due to cards) and Stephan Schrock (family matters), the capital club of gaffer Aris Caslib scored an improbable 2-1 win that made them the first club in all competitions since South China last year to escape Panaad with a win, ending the Busmen's record-setting 11 match unbeaten run at home in both the PFL and the AFC Cup this season.
With the shocker, Manila not just extended their lead in the table with 36 points, eight more than Kaya Makati and Global Cebu and 11 above their victims, but more importantly, get their huge revenge on Negros who pummeled them for seven unanswered in Rizal last month.
Curt Dizon shocked the City of Smiles when he put Manila in front, almost a Route One style in the 53rd minute, with Florencio Badelic's goal kick was headed by Connor Tacagni towards to the direction of the centre-forward, who sprints past three defenders and finishes with a left-footed rebound past Roland Muller after Super Herrera initially charged down his cross to Jake Morallo.
Twenty minutes later, San Carlos native Jinggoy Valmayor came on for Tacagni and made an instant impact as he had a huge part in doubling the Sparks' lead when he picked out Simon Greatwich from outside of the box and the captain fired a stunning curler that left the former Azkals netminder no chance.
But the Spanish centre-half made the match interesting, pulling one back off a header in the 76th minute to halve the deficit, but they could not find an equalizer to avoid their first home defeat since May 24, 2016.