The Philippine Azkals held off North Korea to a 0-0 draw on the latter’s home turf, the Kim Il-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, during the second round of the Asian leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday.
Despite several raids led by North Korean Pak Kwang Ryong, the Azkals’ defensive trio—Amani Aguinaldo, Jerry Lucena and Luke Woodland—stood their ground with solid defense nullifying their foes’ every attempt to score a goal.
Woodland almost scored a goal before the halftime but his header off a corner sailed wide as the match entered the break with a scoreless deadlock.
Misagh Bahadoran was sent in to fortify the offense of the Azkals during the 46th minute for Iain Ramsay but either the Philippines or North Korea was able to tally a mark before the 90-minute mark.
The Azkals’ unbeaten win-loss-draw record now improved to a 2-1-1. They will next face Bahrain for the second game in Manama on October 13.