BACOLOD CITY – Patrick Reichelt played in the home side in the 78th minute, as the Philippines subdued Singapore 1-0, late Tuesday to open their AFF Suzuki Cup to the winning streak at the Panaad Stadium.
Reichelt, the standing wing of Ceres-Negros, defeated Phil and James Younghusband through the defense in Singapore on the right when the Azkans finally declined a tight and compact defensive defense in Singapore.
"It's surprising, scoring in the Panaido and getting three points to start the tournament," said Reichelt. "At first, we had some problems, but we changed the game in the second half. James (Younghusband) helped us a lot and we did everything faster."
The target was a suitable prize for the pressure set by Azkali from the very beginning. The home page had possession, but it seems that this last ball failed to break the Singaporeans.
Stephan Schrock was excellent on the left and the debutant Patrick Strauss also searched in the middle against the Singapore star Harris Harun.
More importantly, the Azkali collected three points, which was considered for potentially banana skin.
Coach Sven Goran Erikson also won the talent in his championship.
"We are pleased that we got three points, but it was a tough game," said Eriksson. "Singapore played directly and it was very difficult to defend, but we tactically made some changes and we showed a good fighting spirit."
Meanwhile this year's Suzuki Cup could see some fractures of the performance from the crowd of newcomers for Azkala.
Erikson named six players who decided on the Suzuki Cup, with most of them expecting to face the challenge as the tournament overlaps with the international Fifa window.
"I think that we have depth in almost every position," said consultant Scott Cooper. "There were a lot of competitions in the team, which can help us improve, especially with a big challenge to the team."
In addition to Strauss, the new surnames were Curt Dizon, Stephan Palla, Joven Bedic and Adam Reed.
Dizon and Bedić are also able to get from the bench.
Palla has a lot of experience playing in Europe, but due to injuries in and out of the team.
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