MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals wrap up against Guam their series of three FIFA-sanctioned international friendly games at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod on Tuesday, June 12, Independence Day.
After drawing 0-0 with Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and 2-2 with Indonesia in Manila, this exhibition match will serve to prepare the Azkals for the upcoming East Asian Football Championship preliminary round to be held next month in Guam.
The last game between both sides took place 12 years ago during an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Vietnam and ended in a 2-0 victory for the Philippines.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss will return to the starting lineup stars like James and Phil Younghusband, who scored each one goal against Indonesia a week ago, as well as defenders Jerry Lucena and Dennis Cagara and striker Denis Wolf, although midfielders Chieffy Caligdong and Manny Ott are suspended after they were sent off in the last match.
The game against Guam is the last of three international friendlies that are FIFA-sanctioned, hence the results will affect the world ranking of the team, currently 149, while Guam is 194.
Below is our live blog of the match: