• Azkals face formidable Thais tonight

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    The Philippine Azkals will go all-out against defending champion Thailand tonight in their final group stage game in the 2016 Suzuki Cup at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.

    The Philippines’ match with Indonesia ended 2-2, the second consecutive draw it posted in the tourney on Tuesday. The Azkals’ bout against Singapore, their first bout in this year’s edition of the tilt, ended in a goalless draw on Saturday.

    Phil Younghusband (second from left) celebrates with fellow Azkals after scoring a goal against Indonesia in the 2016 Suzuki Cup group stage at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan late Tuesday. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

    Phil Younghusband (second from left) celebrates with fellow Azkals after scoring a goal against Indonesia in the 2016 Suzuki Cup group stage at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan late Tuesday. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

    The Philippines holds a record of two draws for a total of two points to emerge as provisional No.2 in Group A. Defending champions Thailand War Elephants have a record of two wins for six points.

    “We have to be little bit better tactically. We have to play closer together and not to spread out. We need to help each other a little bit more in difficult situations,” Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley said during the pre-game press conference on Thursday.

    Dooley added that the veteran members of the Azkals need to step up and communicate better with their teammates in the field.

    “The team needs a leader to be better. If you have somebody who opens his mouth and talks to put players in the right position, it helps the players to be better,” Dooley said.

    Besides the Philippines vs Thailand match, Singapore and Indonesia are also slated to battle for the remaining semis seat tonight at the same venue.

    Singapore and Indonesia both hold a record of one draw and one defeat but the former has a one-point advantage over the latter.

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