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Azkals out to regroup vs Tajiks after China rout

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines is not in danger of missing out on the AFC Asian Cup, but the clash against Tajikistan on Tuesday night may feel like a do-or-die match for the Azkals.On the heels of a deflating 1-8 loss to China in a friendly last Wednesday in Guangzhou, the Azkals hope to regain their bearings against a Tajikistan side which is expected to be backed by 15,000 fans at Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We need this win just to take that China loss out of our system,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. The heavy defeat turned out to be a horror show as the Azkals were outclassed by the superior Chinese.But while Tajikistan is not in the same level as the Chinese, Younghusband said they still can’t afford to defend the way they did in their last outing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We can’t expect to get a result if we play that way,” he said.The Azkals opened their Asian Cup Qualifying campaign on a winning note, drubbing Nepal, 4-1, at home last March. But they are expected to have their hands full against a desperate Tajik side, which dropped its opener to Yemen, 1-2. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foton, Cignal eye elimination-round sweep A win by the Azkals will keep them in the lead in Group F, where the top two teams will qualify for the Asian Cup in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.Tajikistan coach Khakim Fuzaylov said his team has no room for error against the Azkals.“This match is a six pointer,” said Fuzaylov. “We will play at home and have no right to make a mistake in front of our own fans.”The Azkals will miss Jeff Christiaens, Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband due to injuries, but top striker Javier Patiño, who is also coming off an injury, will be available for selection.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, however, faces a dilemma in defense as Luke Woodland, who was converted to centerback, struggled against China. Dooley could opt for Dennis Villanueva again to pair up with Amani Aguinaldo at central defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img

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