Philippines thrashed by Uzbekistan

The Philippines have slipped to third place in Group H of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers after suffering a shock 5-1 home loss to Uzbekistan on Tuesday.

Thomas Dooley’s side were second best from first whistle and were already trailing 3-0 by half time, with very little hope of engineering a come-back.

Uzbekistan took the lead after just 44 seconds when Odil Akhmedov beat Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge with a drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Sardor Rashidov doubled the lead in the 14 minute when he hit a curling shot beyond the reach of Etheridge, and Igor Sergeev took the score to 3-0 when he snuck in to score just two minutes from half-time.

The 22-year-old forward bagged his second goal of the match just 15 minutes after the restart when he guided a header in to the back of the net.

With Sergeev having put the game to rest, the Philippines managed to reduce the embarrassment incurred when defender Stephan Schrock netted a consolation goal.

However, Rashidov restored Uzbekistan’s four-goal lead when he struck in the 80th minute to complete the rout.

The heavy victory sees Uzbekistan climb to second on the table on six points, behind first-placed South Korea who hold seven points.

The Philippines are third with six points but trailing on goal difference, while Bahrain fourth with three points and Yemen are fifth after failing to pick up any points.