The Philippines absorbed a stunning defeat to host Taiwan, 0-3, in the Chinese-Taipei Football Association (CTFA) International Tournament 2017 on Sunday night at the Municipal Stadium in the Taiwanese capital.
The undermanned Philippine Azkals conceded a hat trick of headers to the lower-ranked Taiwan en route to suffering their first setback in the four-nation pocket tournament.
With the loss, the Marlon Maro-mentored national football team dropped to the second spot with three points and a higher goal difference over Laos.
Taiwan, on the other hand, jumped to the pole position with the huge opening game victory.
Laos earlier grabbed its first maximum points with a narrow 2-1 win over Timor-Leste.
With just four minutes past the kickoff, Angel Guirado found the back of the net for the Filipino booters but his early strike was flagged as the ball was adjudged out of bounds before he pulled it back.
Li Mao then opened up the scoring in the 38th minute after the Taiwanese forward headed home a free kick.
The visiting side found the mark shortly past the restart but the goal was ruled out once again due to an offside.
Li completed a brace with another header off Yu Chia-huang’s delivery in the 63rd before Guirado was sent off four minutes later for a harsh tackle on Chin Yi-wei.
Chen Tin-yang closed out the win in the 81st as he nodded in Will Donkin’s corner kick.
The Philippines wraps up its campaign when it battles Timor-Leste at 4 p.m. today.