David sets out against Goliath

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippine Azkals prepare for China which they face Friday night in Abu Dhabi. —INSTAGRAMABU DHABI—It will be another David versus Goliath clash when the Philippines tries to keep its Round of 16 hopes alive against giants China on Friday night in the AFC Asian Cup here.The match at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m., Philippine time) gives the Azkals another golden opportunity to create history against a team that handed them an 8-1 beating in a friendly match two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I guarantee you that (8-1) result will not happen again,” captain Stephan Schrock declared shortly after the Azkals pushed giants South Korea to the limit, before falling 1-0 in their Group C opener on Monday.“We have confidence, that’s why we qualified in the first place, and we believe always in ourselves to upset someone and be annoying to the other teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Azkals will have their hands full against a Chinese side ranked 40 places higher in the Fifa rankings at No. 76.Against the heavily favored Koreans, the Azkals used a disciplined approach in defense, while relying on quick counters through Javier Patino to create opportunities. New age-group tennis season unwraps with Actifit National open View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think China is some kind of underdog like we are because they have not done great results for the national team. They have a lot of pressure on themselves with all the things they invest in football, they hope to be better than what they are and I think it’s an important game for them.”Having coached for three different clubs in China for three years, Eriksson’s knowledge of the Chinese side will come in handy as the Azkals target an upset.“China has some good players and they will play an open style,” said Eriksson.“If you look on the pitch, I think on a good day, we can be equal with China or even beat them. They have some good players, but we have as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The same approach could be used against China, which rallied past Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, in its opening match on Monday. The Chinese need another win to reach the knockout stage.The loss to Korea put the Philippines in a difficult position as the Azkals need to pick up points from their last two matches to reach the Round of 16.But while the Azkals have overachieved in recent years with qualification to this tournament as their biggest milestone yet, the Dragons have struggled to pick up impressive results in the leadup to the tournament.That will make the task even more difficult for his side as the Chinese are under pressure to deliver a victory, according to coach Sven Goran Eriksson.“I think it’s possible (to upset China), but I think it is going to be difficult,” said Eriksson.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more