MANILA – The Philippine Azkals started their campaign in the AFF Suzuki Cup on a sour note after falling, 1-2, to Singapore on Wednesday night at the Singapore National Stadium.
A quick offensive swing from Singapore was all it needed to take all three points against an Azkals squad that seemingly had control in the early goings of the second half.
Singapore first scored in the 61st minute when skipper Hariss Harun headed the ball in off a corner kick.
Faris Ramli made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute after another set-piece header.
Amin Nazari kept the Azkals' hopes alive after scoring in the 69th minute from a corner as well.
The Azkals played the aggressor the rest of the way, but Singapore's defense held on.
With the win, Singapore moved to the top of Group A with six points.
The Azkals, on the other hand, are in fourth place due to a superior goal difference over Timor Leste, which lost earlier Wednesday to Myanmar. (PNA)