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    Winless Azkals still have shot at Asian Cup KO stage. Here's how

    Jan 15, 2019
    Carli de Murga and the rest of the Azkals vie for a spot in the knockout stage.
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    DESPITE two losses in the AFC Asian Cup, the Philippine Azkals still have a chance to advance into the round-of-16 of Asia’s prestigious football competition.

    The Azkals suffered losses to Korea, 1-0, and China, 3-0, to slide into the last spot in Group C with one match to go against Kyrgyz Republic.

    Even with those defeats, the Philippines could still make it to the knockout stage as, aside from the top two teams in Groups A to F, four third-placers will also gain an entry in the round-of-16.

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    Of course, the Azkals must win their last group stage match against Kyrgyz Republic on Wednesday in Dubai to get three points in order to get a shot.

    Group C W-D-L Goal Difference Points
    China 2-0-0 4 6
    South Korea 2-0-0 2 6
    Kyrgyz Republic 0-0-2 -2 0
    Philippines 0-0-2 -4 0

    *Goal difference: Goals scored minus goals against
    Points: Win = 3 points, Draw = 1 point, Loss = 0 point

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    Then, as posted in the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) website, at least two must happen.

    In Group B, Jordan and Australia, which are in first and second place with six and three points respectively, must not lose against their opponents in Syria and Palestine as the two only has one point in the table on Tuesday.

    Group B W-D-L Goal Difference Points
    Jordan 2-0-0 3 6
    Australia 1-0-1 2 3
    Syria 0-1-1 -2 1
    Palestine 0-1-1 -3 1

    In Group D, Yemen must draw against Vietnam or win by four goals or less in their match on Wednesday.

    Group D W-D-L Goal Difference Points
    Iran 2-0-0 7 6
    Iraq 2-0-0 4 6
    Vietnam 0-0-2 -3 0
    Yemen 0-0-2 -8 0

    In Group E, North Korea and Lebanon must draw, or North Korea wins by less than seven goals on Thursday.

    Group E W-D-L Goal Difference Points
    Qatar 2-0-0 8 6
    Saudi Arabia 2-0-0 6 6
    Lebanon 0-0-2 -4 0
    North Korea 0-0-2 -10 0

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    In Group F, Turkmenistan and Oman must draw, or Turkmenistan win by less than two goals on Thursday.

    Group F W-D-L Goal Difference Points
    Uzbekistan 2-0-0 5 6
    Japan 2-0-0 2 6
    Oman 0-0-2 -2 0
    Turkmenistan 0-0-2 -5 0

    Needless to say, advancing to the knockout round is easier said than done.

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