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AFC CHALLENGE CUP QUALIFIER
Azkals vs. Turkmenistan
at Rizal Stadium tonight

The Philippine Azkals will be out to erase the memories of their heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Turkmenistan in the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal last year, hoping to gain the top spot in Group E and automatically advance into the finals in Maldives next year.

Game time is set at 7:30 p.m. at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Azkals will be playing without Paul Mulders, who was charged with a red card Sunday night, during the Philippines 8-0 victory against Cambodia .

With Fil-Spanish striker 24-year-old Javier Patiño in the lineup, the Azkals are looking lethal in the field. Patiño beefs up the frontline of the offense with Phil Younghusband, who scored four goals in the win against Cambodia . Patiño scored two goals.

The Philippines and Turkmenistan have 6 points each going into the final day of the Group E qualifier as both prevailed over Cambodia and were awarded with additional 3 points after Brunei pulled out from the tournament.

A draw against Turkmenistan tonight will be enough to send the Filipinos to Maldives next year as Turkmenistan beat Cambodia , 7-0, allowing the Azkals to enjoy a higher goal difference with their 8-0 win Sunday night.

Based on the media release from the AFC, all top five teams in the group stage will advance to the next round in Maldives along with the two best second teams and the host squad.

The champion of the Challenge Cup will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Sydney .

Against Cambodia last Sunday, Azkals' coach Michael Weiss started with German goalkeeper Roland Muller, Rob Gier, Juani and Angel Guirado, Dennis Cagara, Stephan Schrock, Gerry Lucena, Mulders, Patiño, and Phil Younghusband.*NAB

 

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