The Philippine national Under-22 football team failed to save face at the end of its disastrous campaign, losing narrowly to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, Tuesday in the Asian Football Confederation U-22 Asian Cup qualifiers at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.
After trailing 2-1 at the half, the U-22 Azkals had chances to tie the match, and caught a break when Chinese Taipei’s goal at the 66th minute was disallowed.
However, the Filipinos couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.
Midfileder Marvin Angeles scored in the 35th minute for the lone goal of the Philippines.
Lin Chang-Lun led the way for Chinese Taipei with goals at the 11th and the 31st minute.
The Philippines finished last among the six countries in Group G, losing all five of its matches, four by huge margins. The U-22 Azkals suffered lopsided defeats to Myanmar (5-1), Malaysia (7-0), Vietnam (9-0), and South Korea (10-0).
Advancing to the next round are group leaders South Korea and Myanmar.
Only the top two teams of each group, as well as the best third-placer of the tournament, will qualify for the inaugural U-22 Asian Cup in 2013.