Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Philippines, China paired again in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

A familiar foe is on the horizon for the Philippine Men’s National Football Team in its quest to join the world’s biggest football competition for the very first time.

In a draw held today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Philippines is set to face off against the People’s Republic of China in Group A of the second round of the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifying tournament.

The Azkals and their Chinese counterparts, who are ranked 73 in the world, competed in a one-sided contest in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group stage as the latter won 3-0 and were powered by a brace from Espanyol forward Wu Lei.

The two nations then faced off in a friendly match last June 7, 2019, at the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China, which was won by the home side with a 2-0 scoreline courtesy of goals from Wu Xi and Zhang Xizhe.

Aside from China, Syria (85), Maldives (151), and Guam (190) wrap up the Philippines’ other opponents in Group A.

The Philippines needs to finish top of the group in order to move on to the next qualification phase of the World Cup.

A second-placed standing will also allow the Filipinos to advance but it must be one of the four best runners-up for that to happen. Both instances, however, will secure an outright berth in the Asian Cup.

Failure to finish in the top two will relegate the Philippines into the third qualification round of the Asian Cup.

The Philippines shall start its campaign this September with the historic Panaad Stadium in Bacolod reported being the country’s main venue in the competition.

#ReadMore  Austria hopes AVO gives Fajardo, SMB quality minutes

In the same qualification stage of the previous World Cup, the Philippines finished at third place in Group H, which was highlighted with a dramatic win over North Korea in the final matchday.

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces

You May Also Like


The Philippine Azkals’ hopes of making it to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup are all but gone after a 4-0 loss at the hands...


If there is one person who would love the chance to lead the Philippine Azkals in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, then it would...


Gerrit Holtmann demonstrated why he was as good as advertised for the Philippine Azkals. The 27-year-old Filipino-German unleashed a fantastic strike at the 90+3...


Gerrit Holtmann had a Philippine Azkals debut to remember. The German Bundesliga standout struck late to propel the Philippine Azkals towards a 1-0 victory...


Gerrit Holtmann is finally going to suit up for the Philippine Azkals and he himself is raring to go to help the country qualify...


Coach Thomas Dooley sounded like a satisfied man after his first game back in charge of the Philippine Azkals. The Azkals still managed to...


The Philippine Azkals drew 0-0 against Yemen in their Group B clash in the third qualification round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Wednesday...


Twenty-three players will hold the hopes of the country as coach Thomas Dooley picked his side to compete in the last phase of the...