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article imagePhilippine Azkals target semi-final slot in 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup

By Leo Reyes     Nov 30, 2012 in Sports
The Philippine national football team Azkals, will collide with Myanmar's White Angels starting 8:20 p.m. tonight at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.
The Supachalasai Stadium will host the Philippines-Myanmar game while Rajamangala Stadium will see Thailand taking on Vietnam, according to AFF Susuki Cup site.
The Philippine and Myanmar teams were earlier set to play at the Rajamangala Stadium but the organizing committee changed the venue last Tuesday.
The Azkals will try to make it outright to the semi-finals by beating the White Angels tonight.
The Philippine team has a 1-1 score while Myanmar is coming off a draw with Vietnam and a loss against Thailand.
In the AFF Susuki Cup, Myanmar has not lost a single game against the Azkals although they settled with two draws in their past encounters.
Myanmar assistant coach Tin Myint Aung is wary about the possibility of Vietnam beating Thailand and how it affects the team standing leading up to the semi-finals.
Head coach Park Sung-wha and I have tried to motivate players after the big loss to Thailand,” he said. “We need to fight for our country, we need to win - we do not have any choice, right.
If the Azkals win tonight, it will be a record breaker for the Philippine team.
Azkals' coach Michael Weiss said he expects the team to be on the winning mode in tonight's game against Myanmar after trashing Vietnam in the earlier game.
“We have had the victory over Vietnam (on Tuesday) that puts us in a good position and leaves it in our own hands whether we proceed to the next round or not,” said Weiss.
“The situation within the group is that every team has the chance to go through so we should put ourselves in a winning mode and go for the win, that makes everything safe and we wont have to depend on the results of other teams.”
Weiss, who was suspended earlier for throwing the ball to a Thai player in the opening day of the tournament, will be calling the shots for the Azkals in tonight's crucial game.
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