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Young Azkals get PH SEA Games campaign going with rout of Timor Leste


Philippine Azkals U23. ZING SPORTS PHOTO

The Philippines opened its campaign within the thirty first Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on the fitting foot, flaunting a fearless attacking show in a 4-0 rout of Timor Leste in males’s soccer on Friday at Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho, Vietnam.

It’s going to solely get more durable from hereon for the Beneath-23 Azkals, who’re grouped with defending champion Vietnam, 2019 runner-up Indonesia and Myanmar.

“We sleep, eat and we go once more,” mentioned captain Stephan Schrock, one of two veterans allowed in SEA Games soccer.

The Filipinos battle Vietnam on Sunday and can go into that match with a minimum of some momentum after Christian Rontini, Dennis Chung, Jovin Bedic and Oskari Kekkonen offered the targets that gave coach Norman Fegidero his first win on this 12 months’s occasion.

Rontini cashed in on Schrock’s cross and knocked in a header within the eleventh minute, earlier than the Filipinos used a powerful second half to finish the hopes of the Timorese.

“It’s all the time going to be tough going into the match as a result of we don’t know precisely the place we’re as a staff, however everybody confirmed loads of dedication and self-discipline,” mentioned Schrock. “The boys did very properly.”

The Filipinos have a one-day break earlier than taking over the Vietnamese on Sunday in a match that would decide their possibilities of advancing to the semifinals.

Chung acquired on the scoresheet within the 56th minute on one other setup from Schrock earlier than Bedic made it 3-0 within the 78th minute. Kekkonen scored 9 minutes from time.

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