Taiwan failed in their attempt to win the Philippine Peace Cup in Manila yesterday, falling to a 3-1 defeat to the hosts and having to settle for second place in the four-team soccer tournament after a draw with Macau and a victory over Guam earlier in the week.
The Azkals raced to a 3-0 lead at halftime and Taiwan could only pull one back in the second half as the hosts finished the tournament having won three out of three.
Denis Wolf opened the scoring for the Philippines in the 10th minute, Emelio Caligdong added the second after 35 minutes and O.J. Porteria grabbed the third two minutes before the break.
Taiwan got on the scoresheet five minutes after halftime, center forward Chang Han finding the back of the hosts net, but it was too little, too late for the visitors as the Philippines held on to lift the Peace Cup.
GUAM GRAB THIRD SPOT
In the earlier match, Guam beat Macau 3-0 with a brace from Marcus Lopez in the 44th and 55th minutes and another from Dylan Naputi in the last minute to finish in third place with three points.
Guam coach Gary White told the Peace Cup Web site that he was “happy with the result and the way we played. We were looking to get as much out of the tournament as we can,” adding that his team are showing better “maturity at this level ... countries in this region better watch out.”