The Philippines needs its most prominent execution yet to at last get a shot at Southeast Asian football’s greatest prize.
With the chances stacked vigorously against them, the Azkals not just need to bring their trademark never incredible however would need to be as clinical and sharp as ever as they endeavor to topple a 2-1 first leg elimination round annihilation against top picks Vietnam on Thursday night before a normal sellout swarm at My Dinh Stadium.
The Azkals are no outsiders to pulling off mysterious accomplishments, yet they can’t expect any favors from a Vietnamese side that additionally conveys the heaviness of desire from a country that regards the game as a religion like the Filipinos’ dedication to the ball.
As right on time as a week ago, tickets for the match commencing at 8:30 p.m. (Manila time) were at that point sold out and hawkers outside My Dinh Stadium last Wednesday were moving them at multiple times their unique cost with the best tickets going for 6 million Vietnamese dongs or around P13,500.
“We’re anticipating the amusement, we realize it will be troublesome, yet we have great recollections here in Hanoi and at this arena,” said Azkals chief Phil Younghusband. “We’re still in the diversion. Despite everything we get an opportunity.”
The Azkals are left with an overwhelming undertaking to score somewhere around a 2-0 win to achieve the finals, where the champ of the Thailand-Malaysia conflict is standing by.
It might appear a stretch to take note of that their win against Vietnam in the “Marvel in Hanoi” on Dec. 5, 2010, likewise happened to be 2-0, however, Younghusband said they require all of the motivation to topple the district’s best-positioned group.
“It’s been referenced a considerable measure in a previous couple of days, yet we realize it was at an alternate time and with various players and an alternate circumstance,” said Younghusband. “In any case, for us on the group, we generally take motivation from that execution since I surmise that amusement exemplified what we’re about as a group with that never incredible.”
The Azkals, be that as it may, do have a few concerns heading into the match, especially in a barrier, which mentor Sven-Goran Eriksson felt gave away two simple objectives in the primary leg. There will be no place for a mistake for Carlie de Murga, Alvaro Silva, Martin Steuble and Adam Reed at the back with Vietnam hoping to murder the tie off with an early objective.
Vietnam’s guard was broken without precedent for the competition, because of a streaming move completed off by the in-frame Patrick Reichelt.
The Azkals, generally, nonetheless, found the Vietnamese extreme to break.