The Philippine national Under-22 football team suffered its worst setback Saturday night, yielding a 10-0 defeat to the hands of South Korea in the Asian Football Confederation U-22 Asian Cup qualifiers at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.
With the loss, the U-22 Azkals are now eliminated from the tournament that serves as a qualifier to the inaugural U-22 Asian Cup in 2013. Only the top two squads of each group and the tournament’s best third-placer will get past the group stages.
The South Koreans had their guns ablaze early in the match, with forward Hwang Ui Jo and midfielder Jwa Joon Hyub conspiring for a huge barrage of goals to help their team cruise to a 7-0 halftime lead.
Four players slotted two goals each for South Korea, which now sits on top of Group G with 10 points along with Myanmar. They are followed by Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam.
The U-22 Azkals have not won any matches, having scored only one goal in the entire tournament courtesy of Filipino-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens in their 5-1 loss to Myanmar in the opener last week. They also got whipped by Malaysia on Monday, 7-0, and Vietnam on Thursday, 9-0.
The Philippines will face Chinese Taipei on Tuesday to cap off their campaign.
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