The Philippine Men’s National Team concluded its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 campaign with a 1-1 draw against the Maldives last Tuesday 15 June 2021 at Sharjah Stadium here in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Already secured with a spot to the Asian Cup Final Round following its win over Guam, the Azkals took the lead in the 19th minute from a volleyed effort of Angel Guirado.
However, Maldives answered back six minutes later. Ali Fasir sent a low shot past Bernd Schipmann.
The Philippines were undeterred despite the deadlock. Captain Stephan Schrock willed the team in the efforts of finding the winner, but the match finished at 1-1 to share the points between the two sides.
The Philippines now await the results of the draw on 24 June 2021 for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Final Stage which will have six (4) groups of four (4) teams.