Azkals slip past Malaysia, 1-0, boost semifinal bid

Philippines upset SEA Games favorite Malaysia (1:06)

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The Philippines upset heavy favorites Malaysia at the Southeast Asia Games Friday at Rizal Football Stadium. Team captain Stephan Schrock unleashed a corner kick that somehow curled its way into the net and sent the crowd of 6,500 into a frenzy.

The win comes 28 years after the Philippines shocked Malaysia at the same venue with the same scoreline.

"To be honest we've played all three matches at a high level," said Azkals coach Goran Milojević. "They deserved to win because we didn't deserve to lose against Myanmar. We didn't deserve to play a draw against Cambodia. Today's match pushed us to play offensively in a must-win."

The Philippines and Malaysia got off to an electric start in the first half, with both teams requiring a win to bolster their chances at a spot in the semi-finals. Despite all the pressure from both teams, the only shot on target came from Malaysia captain Adam Nor Azlin with a free kick.

The second half saw more of the same from the two teams, battling and harassing each other constantly.

The opener finally came from the Philippines, with Schrock scoring directly from a corner kick in the 71st minute. The Malaysian keeper caught the ball after it crossed the threshold of the goal.

Malaysia pressed for the equalizer, and had a golden opportunity from Haddi Fayyadh. Unfortunately for Malaysia, Fayyadh skewed his shot wide.

Despite the increased pressure from the visitors, the Philippines held on to secure a precious three points.

"It's definitely not a good result for us," said Malaysian coach Kim Swee Ong. "We conceded on a set piece. It shows that the Philippines is much hungrier than us today. We should feel ashamed by the result. They deserved to win. At the end of the game, we didn't convert the chances that we had. That was the difference."

The victory saw the Philippines climb up the standings to go level in four points with Cambodia. Malaysia stays second from bottom with a single point.

The Philippines will continue their SEA Games campaign against Timor Leste on Wednesday.

In Binan, Sarina Bolden scored a hat trick as the Malditas made it a double celebration with a 5-0 smashing of Malaysia. The win gave the Malditas four points in two games and booking their first appearance in the medal round.

ESPN5's Sid Ventura and Lyn Olavario contributed to this report.