Game Results: PHL Azkals vs. Singapore Lions at AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Semi-Finals

    It's a Game Day! The first leg of AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 semi-finals on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Rizal Memorial Stadium clashed Team Azkals of the Philippines and Singapore Lions on a fight with aim to be victorious on front of Filipino fans or to end dream of Azkals.

    Azkals vs. Lions Suzuki Cup 2012
    Photo: Azkals vs. Lions on Suzuki Cup semi-finals

    Final results of the Game: Philippines 0-0 Singapore (Draw).

    The fight between Azkals and Lions has been stiffer this time that no one even it's best effort failed to score. The match ended as the referee released the whistle after several minutes of  extension was given to them.

    Singapore was in control in the first half of the game, with attacks from the Lions forcing Azkals goalkeeper Eduard SacapaƱo to make several reflex saves.

    Anton del Rosario‏@anton_delro tweeted to co-Azkals "Big shutout for the boys! A scoring draw away is all we need, but of course a win would be sweeter. Way to stay organized".

    "Good game. We've been attacking, we deserve to score but we didn't score.", Singapore coach Amramovic said.

    On Friday, Singapore national coach Radojko Avramovic said that they do not intend to leave Manila without a win. “It’s in our hands to let them (the Philippines) wait another two years to dream,” Avramovic said at the pre-match press conference. “It’s good we are in the semi-finals but our target is reaching the finals.”

    However, Philippine team manager Dan Palami said that Azkals are in-charge of their destiny.

    “Singapore has had a good run. And with full respect to Singapore, the Philippines intends to write their own history and we will have the result that we want,” he said. “We hope to get full points in this particular game.

    “We know that Singapore are in familiar territory, they have been here several times already and certainly the Philippines will not be complacent in that quest, in that dream that has been elusive so far in (reaching the final).”

    Philippine Azkals is composed of 4 goalkeepers, 7 defenders, 19 midfielders and 4 forwards. Michael Weiss of Germany serves as the team coach.

    Philippine Azkals 2012 Squad Members
    Photo: Philippine Azkals 2012 Squad Members

    The Philippines including thousands of fans at Rizal Stadium are full support to our country's pride. Football has never been a favorite game of Pinoys until Azkals came and influenced the Filipinos.

    Azkals based on records has already played 39 times- 8 wins, 7 draw and 24 losses. It's biggest win so far is 7-0 score against Timor Leste on 2007. However, it's major defeat was experienced against Indonesia last 2002 with 1-13 score.

    With a strong records, Singapore Lions already played 40 times - 22 wins, 11 draw and 7 losses. It's biggest win is against Laos on 2007 with 11-0 score. It's biggest defeat was against Malaysia with 0-4 game score last 2002.

    AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Semi-finals is aired via Live Broadcast on AKTV, ESPN and Star Sports. First Leg second game will be on December 9, 8 PM (Malaysia vs. Thailand).

    On December 12, Singapore and Philippines will meet once again for the Second Leg of semis.

    Because of the away goals rule, the Azkals can advance to the finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup if they hold the Lions to a scoring draw -- such as a 1-1 or 2-2 scoreline -- in the second leg, ABS-CBN Sports said.



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