The under-23 Philippine national football team is scheduled to face Cambodia today, for their second game in the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore.
After bowing to hosts Singapore, 0-1, in the opening match of the contest, the Filipino U23 booters are keen to bounce back and clinch a win.
Despite an impressive display of skills by the younger Azkals, their first outing in the regional football meet suffered a blow after defender Sheik Abdul Hadi scored a header to the far post off a free kick that goalkeeper Jun Badelic failed to block.
The mix of UAAP and NCAA football stars tried to retaliate with a blitz led by team skipper Jinggoy Valmayor but came back empty handed.
With the loss, the Philippines now fall to the provisional last place of Group A, which also includes Myanmar and Indonesia.