DATE// May 27-28, 2012
VENUE// Panaad Park & Stadium, Bacolod City
Source: Visayan Daily Star
The national men’s football team, Azkals, bowed to Global FC, 7-6, in a shootout last night during their last tune-up match at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
With both teams tied at 2-all after regulation, the match was decided in a shootout. Earlier, the national Under22 football team prevailed over Ceres FC, 2-0.
The series of tune-up games played by the Azkals in Bacolod City will be followed by another set of friendly matches against Malaysia on June 1 in Kuala Lumpur, against Indonesia on June 5 in Manila, and against Guam on June 12 at the Panaad pitch.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss said these friendlies strengthen the team and are part of their preparation for the AFC Suzuki Cup this year.
Against the Ceres FC on Saturday, the Azkals won, 1-0, on a goal of Chieffy Caligdong in the 55th minute.
Weiss cited the Ceres squad for playing a good game and although he was not very glad with the way the Azkals play ed, he was contented with their performance.
Against the Under 22 team in San Carlos City, Weiss said the match was beneficial for both the Azkals and the younger players from the national pool.
It was the right approach and a good training for the U22 team in time for the 2012 SEA Games in Myanmar. In their match Saturday against the Global FC, the U22 team yielded, 4-0.