PH Azkals blank Guam in Asian Cup qualifiers

Philippine Azkals in the locker room ahead of the match vs Guam. AZKALS PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines cruised to a 3-0 win over Guam and solidified its hold of third place in Group A of the joint Fifa World Cup/Asian Cup Qualifiers late Friday at Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

Angel Guirado gave the Azkals an early lead, slotting home Oliver Bias’ pass in the 12th minute.

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The Azkals then took a 2-0 lead courtesy of an own goal from Guam defender Marcus Lopez in the 60th minute.

Mark Hartmann then converted from a free kick opportunity in the 88th minute to put the match to bed.

FULL-TIME: Three points and a clean sheet – job done! 💪👌-#OneBlood #OneDestiny #Pilipinas #ManokNgBayan

Posted by The Azkals on Friday, June 11, 2021

The Philippines now has 10 points in Group A with a 3-1-3 (win-draw-loss) card behind second place China which has 13 points on a 4-1-1 record.

A victory later for China over the Maldives would give the Philippines a spot in the third round of the Asian Cup Qualifiers.

The Azkals lost to China 2-0 on Tuesday.

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