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    Azkals holding on to Peace Cup repeat bid with a hope and a prayer

    Oct 12, 2013

    The chances of the Philippine men’s football team retaining the Peace Cup title will be known on Sunday when tormentor Chinese-Taipei battles Pakistan at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

    The Taiwanese stunned the fancied Azkals, 2-1, on Friday night that put the visitors on top of the leaderboard of the three-team tournament with three points.

    And a draw or a victory for the Taiwanese in the 4 p.m. kickoff against the Pakistanis puts the Filipino booters’ dreams into tatters, while a loss keeps them in the hunt.

    In case Chinese Taipei loses, the Azkals would also have to score a lopsided victory over the Pakistanis in the final day of the tournament on Tuesday to retain the crown they bagged last year for their first international title in almost a century.

    The Taiwanese will once again lean on Li Mao and Lin Chang-lun, who both scored against the Azkals on Friday night.

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    On paper, Pakistan, which makes its debut in the tournament, is stronger than Chinese Taipei as it is placed five places higher in the Fifa rankings.

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