Philippines captain Phil Younghusband believes that his side’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup will become increasingly difficult if they don’t beat North Korea on Thursday.
Philippines currently sit in third place on the Group H standings with six points, but were pummeled 5-1 in their last World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan on September 8.
After facing North Korea, the Azkals will take on Bahrain next Tuesday. Should the Philippines fail to win both matches, Younghusband admitted that his side’s chances of progressing to the third round will be virtually impossible.
“I definitely think it’s make-or-break for us,” Younghusband told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I mean if we don’t get good results in both games, then it’s going to be difficult.
“It was always going to be difficult with the draw. We could only lose one game and with some luck, probably two. If we lose more than that, then it’s impossible for us to qualify.
“We’ve lost one but we’re still in it and we know that if we get a couple of good results it gives us a good chance to make the third round.”
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