The Philippine Under-16 national football team suffered their second loss in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) U16 Championship in the hands of Singapore, 1-4, on Thursday. The Filipino booters lost 0-1 to host Cambodia in their opening game.
The Philippine team launched an offensive in the first half but failed to penetrate their opponents’ wall. The Singaporeans was caught with a surprise in the 17th minute as young defender Akram Azman sent the ball to their own goal to give the Philippines an early 1-0 advantage.
In the second half, the renewed vigor of the Singaporean allowed them to score a goal in the 54th minute following a conversion by Khairul Abdul Hamid.
Singapore took the lead in the 75th minute when Rezza Yacobjan kicked the ball off a rebound from a shot by Hamid past Filipino goalkeeper Jesse Semblante.
The Singaporeans notched two more goals in quick succession to make matters worse for the worn-out Philippine team. The win was Singapore’s first in the regional tilt.
With the loss, the Philippines without a single point in two games dropped to the last spot of Group B. The Filipinos will face Myanmar today in their third match.