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Azkals, China set to meet again in FIFA WCQ

The Azkals are set to face China again. Mike Romero (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BINAN--The Philippine Azkals are set to play China again, this time in the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Following a draw that took place at the Asian Football Confederation office in Kuala Lumpur, the Azkals are grouped with China in Group A alongside Syria, Maldives, and Guam.

The Azkals have already faced China twice in recent times, losing both of those matches, 0-3 and 0-2 in order.

But the said results showed that the Azkals can now compete with China.

Like China, the Azkals have already faced Maldives and Guam in friendlies or tournament matches as well, which means the Azkals now have an idea on how to deal with the said sides while exerting their effort in scouting Syria.

Meanwhile, interesting stories will spark two of other seven groups in the qualifiers.

Four Southeast Asian nations, namely Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, are grouped in Group G with United Arab Emirates.

On the other hand, Group H will have both North and South Korea in it alongside Lebanon, Turkmenistan, and Sri Lanka.

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