[September 12, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] With the odds stacked against Guam, the Matao, Guam’s national football team, remained faithful to its attack-minded playing style against the Philippines Azkals in a Round 2 fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification.
The Azkals, ranked No. 126 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, utilized its star-studded roster of professional players primarily from the Toyota Thai League 1, one of Asia’s top leagues, and various European professional leagues, in the team’s 4-1 win at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Tuesday.
Although down 2-0 early, Guam stayed true to its attacking strategy by exploiting gaps in the Philippines defense and was rewarded with a penalty kick buried by striker Marcus Lopez in the 67th minute. As the Matao continued to make adjustments to find the goal with just under a half hour left to play, the Azkals capitalized on errors to put away two from captain Stephan Schrock and John Patrick Strauss. Angel Guirado and Patrick Reichelt scored the Philippines’ first-half goals......
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