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Global's Bahadoran wants Singapore Cup crown to redeem poor year

Global FC striker Mark Hartmann and his teammates will need to bring their scoring boots if the Filipino outfit are to overturn a 1-0 deficit. (Photo credit: S.League)

After the 2015 Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League campaign came to an end last Saturday, the attention has shifted to the RHB Singapore Cup semifinals with the second legs played on Tuesday night.

While Home United will be looking to overturn their 3-2 deficit against Brunei DPMM, Global FC are similarly aiming to overturn their 1-0 deficit against Albirex Niigata (S) at the Jurong East Stadium.

The Filipino representatives created a number of good chances in the first leg at Clementi Stadium last month,...

Philippines' World Cup hopes take another hit with Yemen loss

Thomas Dooley and his players tasted the disappointment of a third World Cup qualifying loss in four games.

The Philippines' hopes of progression to the next round of AFC 2018 World Cup qualifying all but ended Thursday night as they slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to Yemen. An 83rd-minute goal from substitute Ahmed Al Sarori condemned the Philippines to their second straight loss.

The home side were punished for their inability to convert chances, and the in-form Ebrahim Ali Ayash performed well in the Yemen goal.

Here are three thoughts from the Manila defeat.

1. Azkals got what they deserved


Jedinak and Cahill inspire Australia to AFC WCQ victory over Kyrgyzstan

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson and Dez Corkhill assess Japan's convincing 3-0 win over Singapore in WCQ.
Thailand moved closer to securing their place in the third round of qualifying after defeating Chinese Taipei 4-2.
Australian captain Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos the lead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

Captain Mile Jedinak helped Australia get their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a first-half penalty in his comeback from injury in the 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.

Referee Kim Sang-woo pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the jinking run of substitute Nathan Burns was met by a clumsy challenge from midfielder Islam Shamshiev.

Jedinak, playing his 60th international, placed his spot kick into the top right hand corner past goalkeeper Pavel Matiash in his...

Azkals World Cup progression in serious jeopardy after Bahrain defeat

A 2-0 away loss to Bahrain dampened the mood in the Filipino camp.

Coming off an impressive goalless draw against North Korea in Pyongyang, the Azkals crashed to a disappointing 2-0 away loss against a Bahrain team looking to steer their own campaign back on track.

The Azkals had their chances, with Phil Younghusband and Stephan Schrock particularly active up front, but it would be Bahrain who would take the lead early in the second half.

Challenged for a response, a fatigued Azkals team had no reply as Bahrain avenged its earlier loss in Manila.

Here are three...

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North Korea, Qatar win to stay in first place in World Cup qualifying groups

North Korea, Qatar, Thailand and Jordan all won on Tuesday to maintain their group leads in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

Jong Il Gwan's 12th-minute penalty gave North Korea a 1-0 win over Yemen in Group H.

The North Koreans opened a four-point lead over Uzbekistan, who have a game in hand.

In the other Group H game, Ismail Abdul-Latif and Sayed Adnan both scored early in the second half to give Bahrain their second win in qualifying, 2-0 at home against the Philippines.