THE Philippine Azkals eye a rare three-game sweep in the group stage when they battle host Vietnam at 7 p.m. today in the 2014 Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup at the My Dihn Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Three days after they secured a semifinals berth by routing Indonesia 4-0, Azkals American coach Thomas Dooley said that they would try their best to sweep the group stage. His wards are leading with six points. The Azkals only need to post a draw to stay on top of Group A.
“Whatever happens, we’re going to go for a win against the host team [Vietnam],” the former American national team player Dooley posted in the Azkals’ official website.
Host Vietnam, eyeing revenge against the Azkals, holds one win and one draw for four points. The Vietnamese suffered a resounding 0-2 defeat in the hands of the Azkals four years ago in the same tournament.
Philippines will be banking on the prowess of Phil and James Younghusband, Chris Greatwich, Amani Aguinaldo, Daisuke Sato, Manny Ott, Rob Gier, Martin Steuble, Patrick Reichelt, Patrick Deyto, Simone Rota, and Anton Del Rosario, among others in their bout against Vietnam.
The Azkals won over Laos, 4-1, in the opening game on Saturday.
The Azkals would most likely play against Group B defending champion Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Myanmar in the semifinals depending on the result of remaining games in the group stage.