MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines today held Yemen to a goalless draw to set a point in Group B of the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Wednesday.
The Philippine men’s soccer team took control of the ball and had several chances to score against Yemen, but could not find it behind the net and began their campaign with a 0-0 stalemate.
Today’s goalkeeper Neil Ithariz also made important saves that prevented Yemen from scoring, especially in the 93rd minute when their enemies made a final effort.
In the 58th minute, Kenshiro Daniels tried to header from a corner kick, but Yemen goalkeeper Salem Gamal Al-Hersh was able to catch the ball. Bienvenido Marañon also avoided his defender at the 74th mark, but his efforts were quickly denied by the Yemeni goalkeeper.
Nowadays they got a final chance with a free kick in the 91st minute, but they missed the chance to steal the game.
The Philippines and Yemen are currently in Group B with one point each in coach Thomas Dooley’s first tournament in four years.
Today’s total of nine attempts was three goals and dominated the ball possession with 63 percent and the total number of passes was 478, where the Yemenis made six attempts at the goal out of their total eight and had 256 passes.
The Philippines will face host Mongolia on Saturday at 12:30 pm (Manila time).
The top team in the pool will qualify for the Asian Cup, while the No. 2 seed must be one of the top five second-placed teams in the tournament to advance.
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