Azkals touch down in Dubai, eager to battle Asian heavyweights

DUBAI---The Philippine Azkals touched down in this ultra modern, skyscraper-lined city Thursday for their biggest tournament yet as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup hits fever pitch in the United Arab Emirates. The 24-nation football showcase begins on Saturday with the host country taking on Bahrain in Abu Dhabi, but the Azkals won't be in action until Monday when they take on South Korea here. As the No. 116 ranked team in the world, the Azkals are heavy underdogs in Group D of the tournament that features another powerhouse in China and another tournament debutante in Kyrgyzstan. Except for the Koreans, the Azkals have faced the two other teams in their group in recent years, losing to...

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