Azkals loses to Viet­nam at start of Suzuki Cup semis

Sun.Star Baguio - - Prime Sports -

MANILA -- The Philip­pine Azkals found Viet­nam too tough even at home.

The Azkals bowed to the Golden Dragons, 1-2, at the start of their two-leg ASEAN Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals at the Panaad Sta­dium in Ba­colod City on Sun­day.

Nguyen Anh Duc and Phan Van Duc led Viet­nam's road rage as the team re­turns to Hanoi with huge away goals that put the Azkals in a tough po­si­tion to score a huge road win on Thurs­day to snatch a spot in the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment also known as the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Nguyen struck first in the 12th minute as he con­verted on a header to give the Viet­namese fans who flocked the venue some­thing to cheer about.

The Azkals, how­ever, equal­ized just be­fore half­time as Patrick Re­ichelt struck a vol­ley goal past Dang Van Lam off a Phil Younghus­band cross. Re­ichelt's goal marked the first time Dang gave up a goal in this year's edi­tion and the first time the Azkals scored in the Suzuki Cup semis.

Phan put Viet­nam back up in the 48th minute as the team's de­fense held the Azkals off to the end.

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