Azkals need to be at their best to beat Thailand, says Phil Younghusband
Phil Younghusband knows they need tp play much better to get a better result against Thailand than the home draw two years ago. Jaime Campos

PHIL Younghusband said it will take the very best of the Philippine Azkals in order to beat Thailand and get a seat in the semifinals outright in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The Azkals managed to hold the War Elephants to a scoreless draw in the semifinals of the Asean Football Federation Cup two years ago and Younghusband believes they can do better, but they need to give it all they've got.

“We really have to play very well against Thailand. If we are going to qualify, we need to make history,” said Younghusband.

Led by Teerasil Dangda, the War Elephants have made it to the semifinals after a 1-0 win over Singapore that earned them first place in Group A with six points.

After two draws, the Azkals must win over Thailand on Friday to avoid any complications in the bid to reach the semifinals.

A loss by the Azkals and a win by either Singapore or Indonesia will eliminate the Philippine men’s team.

Singapore and Indonesia both have a point before their match that will be held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, kicking off simultaneously with the  Philippines-Thailand match at the Philippine Sports Stadium.

“I think we have to play our best game. It will take everyone doing their job,” said Younghusband.

The Fil-Briton scored the goal that kept the Azkals’ bid for an outright spot in the semis, converting a free kick in the 82nd minute to tie the match at 2-2.

With the poise and the scoring chances the Azkals against Indonesia, Younghusband expressed confidence that they can go toe-to-toe with mighty Thailand.

“It’s important that you get hold of the game again. We always knew we had a chance.  We created good opportunities in front of the goal but we just couldn’t put the game away. We always have that belief that we can score especially with the talent that we have up front,” said Younghusband.


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