Philippines Player Ratings: Azkals fail to overcome ten-man Singapore

Despite playing for much of the game against a 10-man Singapore side at the Philippine Sports Stadium, co-hosts Philippines failed to find a breakthrough and settled for a point in their first Group A game of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. FourFourTwo rates the players. 

Roland Muller - 5

Having been Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge’s understudy in the national team, this was Ronald Muller’s chance to stake a claim to become his country’s numero uno. However, with Singapore sitting back to hold out for a draw, Muller hardly saw the ball and had little to do throughout the game. Will face sterner tests against Indonesia and Thailand.

Kevin Ingresso - 6

The Ceres winger hardly put a foot wrong as he kept Juma’at Jantan quiet from an unaccustomed left-back role. Was a threat from set-pieces as he pushed forward more in the second half as the Azkals went in search of a winner.

Amani Aguinaldo – 7.5

A lot of pressure was on him as the only recognised defender in the Azkals back four. Went about his task with minimal fuss and kept Khairul Amri far away from goal. Thomas Dooley will need all his expertise for the next two group matches, especially against Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda.

Jeffrey Christaens - 6

For someone who was never groomed as a centre-back, Christaens put in a solid shift alongside Aguinaldo and was a constant threat from set-piece situations.

Kenshiro Daniels - 5

His last-ditch clearance in the 67th minute denied Singapore winger Faris Ramli from an instant impact off the bench. Could have pushed up higher in the second half. 

Iain Ramsay - 4

The former A-League midfielder failed to get into the game down the left of midfield and was taken off at half-time and replaced by Hikaru Minegishi. If Philippines are to go far in this tournament, Ramsay needs to up his game a lot more.

Manny Ott – 6 

Provided good cover for an inexperienced backline and was given a yellow card for a 32nd minute foul on Amri. Neat and tidy but offered little else going forward.

Phil Younghusband – 7

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Philippines football’s posterboy anchored the midfield to dictate the tempo for the Azkals. Was caught by Hafiz Sujad’s high boot which put Singapore down to ten men. His talent is wasted in that position and Dooley must maximise his quality better.

Stephan Schrock – 8.5

Struck a 30-yard free kick in the first half that Hassan Sunny put out for a corner kick. Was the main man for the home team as he carved out numerous chances that were wasted by his fellow attackers. His time in the German Bundesliga clearly made a difference.

Misagh Bahadoran – 6.5

Came into the tournament as the Philippines’ most in-form striker and his movement was superb, only to be let down by poor finishing or the final ball. Clearly not 100 per cent fit as Mark Hartmann took his place with 30 minutes left to play.

Mike Ott – 7

Plenty of running and did his best to lead the attack for the Azkals. Having joined the team just days before this game, he could become lethal with a couple more training sessions. Looks to have a good shot on him too.

Substitutes: 

Hikaru Minegishi – 8

One has to wonder why Dooley only put him in for the second period. He had some of Philippines’ best goalscoring opportunities but was up against the impregnable Hassan in the Singapore goal. Will become Philippines’ main attacking weapon in time to come.

Mark Hartmann – 6

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Gave the team an added dimension in attack but with Singapore parking the bus in defence, the Geylang International forward hardly had a glimpse of goal.

Jim Munoz – N/A

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