Guam was never really in this game. It's just that the 1:0 at halftime was close enough to get nervous. Two more goals in the next half and the score is a good indicator of how it went.
Tabinas is good and solid for that backline of 3. Would like to see how he performs with a better opponent. Kempter was always a threat on the left. Guam fouling him led to the third goal. Schrock, as always, box-to-box. Good to see him working within the system, although I still think he was all over the place too much. He's just being Schrock.
Winhoffer I'd rate on the lower end. While he missed the header which eventually led to a goal (own goal Guam), his passes weren't crisp. Gayoso showed some good and some bad. Missed a couple of long bomb passes from the back that if he had a better first touch, would've led to a scoring threat. Otherwise had some good runs on and off the ball.
Overall, a good showing. The Azkals can play possession ball if the opponent lets them. It was the opposite with China when they didn't have much possession, but I thought that was still a good showing.
Highlights with comments from Philippine broadcasters
After the game(opening minutes of the video) you can see the captain Schrock castigating his team for not playing better. The Bundesliga veteran really loves playing for the Philippines.
Nearly a decade ago he actually approached the Philippine Football Fed to volunteer to play for the country even without an invitation. This was after playing a couple of games already for the German national youth football teams.
He even tattooed the Philippine map on his left chest to show his love for the country. He is older now but he is always ready to answer the call when the Philippine calls.
I think he plays the role of assistant coach within the team as one of the older veterans and has aspirations of coaching the Philippines someday.
I like his comments on having much higher ambitions and expectations and not being satisfied with their performance just like their Captain Schrock demonstrated after the game.
He also gave special mention to the younger players who played well and earned their first cap in the current window and are also still eligible for the U23 Olympic qualifying and SEA games, Mark Winhoffer and former German national youth team player Oliver Bias the latter of which started both games in the current window and was very impressive.
Azkals post-match notes: Kempter shows what we missed against China, Schrock expects more from team
The Philippine Azkals claimed a 3-0 victory over Guam in the joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, but the Filipinos' emotions after the final whistle revealed frustration with their performance on Friday night.
After a bright start punctuated by veteran Angel Guirado's goal in the 12th minute, the Philippine Azkals failed to make the immediate pressure count under the hot and humid weather of Sharjah.
The Azkals saw their ruthlessness sucked out of their play, while the Matao grew into the match and had a few chances of their own.
Ultimately, the Philippines did win out thanks to a pair of insurance goals in the second half. It was a positive result with good takeaways, but, as captain Stephan Schrock's post-match reaction showed, things could have been much better.
1. Michael Kempter adds a new dimension on the left wing Michael Kempter played just 20 odd minutes against China in his debut for the Azkals before he was floored with a blow to his face. The impact left Kempter with a broken nose and he was forced to leave the pitch.
The Azkals were robbed of the full Kempter experience against China last Tuesday, but his bounce back showing against Guam showed why he is highly rated by team management.
Kempter showed up donning a black mask to protect his nose and proceeded to terrorize the Matao backline.
Operating as a bombing left wing back, Kempter showed the willingness to drive the ball forward and become a key creator from the wide areas. The 26-year-old also attended to his defensive duties and shut down most of the Guam incursions on the left flank.
Perhaps what was most impressive was Kempter's ability to assert his influence from an initially defensive position on the wing throughout the majority of the match.
Kempter left the game with a man of the match performance under his belt, and Filipino fans should be giddy with excitement to see it replicated more times in the future.
2. Oliver Bias and Stephan Schrock could be a potent midfield pairing Nineteen-year old Oliver Bias could also argue he could have come home with man of the match honors after his performance against Guam.
Bias provided the assist from the left for the opener and was deployed in different parts of the pitch after substitutions were made.
Bias' activity level, the physical attributes, and style of play is reminiscent of team captain Stephan Schrock's game.
In fact, during the broadcast former Azkals captain Aly Borromeo, who was playing the role of analyst, remarked they move so similarly he wasn't sure who was on the ball between the two at times.
That isn't to say that Bias is already at Schrock's level. The young Azkal still has a lot of developing to do to be able to stamp his authority on the game like the Philippine captain.
Given that this is only their second competitive match on the same side, it is clear that the pair have yet to develop a telepathic understanding of each other's game.
But with time and experience with each other on the pitch, this duo could be a headache for many opposing midfields for years to come.
Stephan Schrock provided leadership on and off the pitch against Guam.
3. Stephan Schrock's tirade after the final whistle shows everyone where the Azkals want to be Winning 3-0 in a game that you're expected to win should be a happy occasion. But you would think otherwise if you watched Schrock gather the entire team after the final whistle to give them a piece of his mind.
Schrock was visibly incensed at the Azkals, letting them know in no small terms how he felt about their performance.
Former Azkals captain Aly Borromeo couldn't help but crack a smile seeing Schrock talk to the team.
"I loved that, I loved that right away," Borromeo said. "You don't let the guys just cruise, take off their cleats, and when the game is done I've done my job."
The former captain also lauded Schrock for issuing a strong reminder of the standard they want to strive for within the national squad.
"It's nice to see a captain like Schrocky taking care of that moment," he added. "We won three-zero, but hell are you happy? Maybe not."
While the final score is desirable, within the locker room there is an understanding the Azkals expect more of themselves.
With one more game left in the international window, the Philippine Azkals have the opportunity to finally meet their expectations of themselves and end this round of the joint qualifiers on a high.
The Azkals will take on the Maldives in their final match at 10 p.m. on Tuesday (One Sports, One Sports+).
With a slot in the third round of the Asian Cup assured it looks like they are giving playing time to the younger players including Winhoffer(who started for the first time), Bias, Tabinas, Diano(who gets his first cap) and Gayoso.
The Philippines still dominated most of the possession and attacking opportunities but was held to a tie by the Maldives.
The Philippine Azkals ended the second round of their joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers with a frustrating 1-1 draw against the Maldives. Despite the result, there are a lot of positives to take away from their campaign.
The Azkals finished in third place with 11 points after eight games played, with the highlight being the 0-0 draw against China last October 2019. This is the highest point total the Philippines has ever garnered, edging out the 10 points earned for the 2018 edition of the World Cup qualifiers.
The Filipinos also saw a number of new faces take the stage, young guns now ready to carry the torch once the grizzled veterans start slowing down.
All in all, there are a lot of positive takeaways as the Azkals come home from Shahraj. Here are some more of them: 1. Stephan Schrock is an ageless wonder
Philippine team captain Stephan Schrock stole the show after the final whistle in their 3-0 victory against Guam, gathering the team and letting them know they weren't good enough even after the victory.
The following match, Schrock played like a man possessed and tried to put the Azkals on his shoulders with his activity level for all 90 minutes. It was clear the Azkals veteran chose to lead by example - in addition to his stinging barks at friend and foe alike - to help his team across the line.
At 34 years young, Schrock continues to defy human biology and is happy terrorizing opposing defenders. Credit his work ethic, the care he puts into maintaining his body, his fearlessness in his game, and his desire to make sure each and every one of his teammates take the fight to the next level alongside him. 2. The up-and-comers get invaluable experience
Perhaps the biggest talking point during the Azkals' trip to the United Arab Emirates was the introduction of several new faces into the lineup and the younger players gaining international experience.
Jefferson Tabinas and Oliver Bias, in particular, stood out to Filipino fans as future mainstays. Despite their young age, Tabinas, 22, and Bias, 19, gave reason for excitement for the Azkals' youth movement as they showcased the talent and composure to help the national team's level of play.
Azkals fans also got to see extended minutes for Jarvey Gayoso and Mark Winhoffer, both of whom had the majority of their football development right in the Philippines. The two, as well as Mar Diano, keep paving the path young and ambitious local footballers could take to crack the Azkals lineup.
Indeed, the homegrown talent displayed relative inexperience compared to their foreign-based peers, but with exposure to high-level competition such as this, the gap could, would, and should close sooner than later. 3. The Philippine Azkals' level of play continues to rise
Though missing a landmark victory to celebrate in this campaign, the Philippine Azkals are going into the next round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers knowing they have gotten much better.
As already mentioned, this is already the highest point total for a Filipino team at this stage of the competition. While it is disappointing the Azkals will not progress to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers, they achieved their goal of directly making it to the next stage of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
The Philippines could also argue that had the players who were initially called up made it to the U.A.E., they could have been celebrating a clean sweep of their games.
Despite the absence of potential bigname debutants like Raphael Obermair, Gerrit Holtmann, and naturalized forward Bienvenido Marañon, there is optimism that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with regard to how good the Azkals could be.
In many ways, since the big names couldn't make it, the last three games felt like an audition to figure out who would best complement the reinforcements coming in. While Filipino fans would be divided on who has earned a spot moving forward, the Azkals management would surely be debating internally on who raised their stock high enough to feature in the future.
What is clear, though, is the expectations and the overall talent level of the Philippine Azkals is still on an upward trajectory.
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8
Jun 3, 2020 11:29:52 GMT 8
nil: anyone have any ADT FC's contact?
Jun 3, 2020 11:30:08 GMT 8
Caz: Hey everyone! I hope you're all healthy and well! Philippine football is just about to pick itself up from these quarantine days so I'm looking forward to getting this forum up and running again!
Sept 27, 2020 0:39:31 GMT 8