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Thailand, Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines qualify for AFF Cup semifinals

Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background
Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background.

Thailand beat Singapore 3-0 on Sunday to advance to next week's semifinals of the Asean Football Federation Championship along with Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines.

Singapore needed to win against the defending champions to force their way into the top two in Group B of the regional championship yet their three-goal defeat means Thailand finish top of the standings while the Philippines take second after a 0-0 draw with Indonesia.

Thailand will face Malaysia in their semifinal, which will be played...

'Revenge in the heads' of Home United after Singapore's loss to the Philippines

The Philippines prevailed 1-0 over Singapore in Group B courtesy of a late winner by Patrick Reichelt.
Singapore rebounded after their Matchday 2 defeat with a convincing 6-1 win over Timor-Leste in the 2018 Suzuki Cup.

KUALA LUMPUR -- Just days after the Philippines dented Singapore's 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup chances with a 1-0 win, clubs from the two countries found themselves drawn together for the 2019 AFC Cup.

Should Home United of Singapore fail to progress through the qualification stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League, the S.League team will take on Kaya F.C. Iloilo of the Philippines in Group H of Asia's second-tier club competition.

"If we are going to play a team from the Philippines again then maybe there...

Philippines strike late to draw with Thailand, keep AFF Cup semifinal hopes alive

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines team remains unbeaten.

Jovin Bedic scored a lucky late equaliser to secure a deserved 1-1 draw for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines against champions Thailand on Wednesday evening in the AFF Suzuki Cup that keeps Azkal hopes of a semifinal place alive.

Both teams move on to seven points from three games following the meeting in Bacolod and remain one point ahead of group B rivals Singapore, who closed the gap on the top two to a point with a 6-1 thrashing of East Timor.

Defending champions Thailand will seal their place...

Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines making AFF Cup defence hard for Thailand - Somyot Poompanmoung

Malaysia were made to wait until late in the second half to secure their second victory in AFF Cup Group A following a spirited showing from Laos.
Keisuke Honda's Cambodia were no match for Myanmar in the AFF Cup, as the Japanese great's team conceded four times unanswered in a 4-1 defeat.
Singapore have made a winning start to their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over 2016 runners-up Indonesia in Group B.

Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Suzuki Cup title but has warned that the improving Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines squads make the 2018 edition that much harder.

After winning the 2014 and 2016 titles, the War Elephants kicked off their defence in Bangkok last week with a 7-0 win over Timor Leste but are aware that the challenge from rivals is increasing.

"We always want to win and we will always do our best but we know that standards in the region are improving," Somyot...

Sven-Goran Eriksson starts Philippines stint with win in AFF Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening.

The former England manager was appointed last month to lead Philippines through the AFF Suzuki Cup before taking the Azkals to their first appearance at the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The Swede, though, has work to do if he is to build a team that will make much of an impression at the continental championships early...