PH men’s volleyball, football teams bow out of medal contention

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: The Philippine men's volleyball and football teams bowed out of medal contention in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games on Thursday, May 4.

Both national teams saw their hopes for a podium finish vanish even before the official start of the Games on Friday, May 5, highlighted by the opening ceremony at the Morodok Techo Stadium.

The Philippine men's volleyball team got its medal hopes smashed after it dropped to 0-2 in Group A following an 18-25, 18-25, 17-25 loss to host Cambodia at the Indoor Olympic Stadium.

Jade Disquitado and Steven Rotter led the Philippines in that game with eight and seven points, respectively.

The Filipinos, currently third in Group A, will wrap up their group phase schedule on Saturday, May 6, against Singapore.

On the other hand, the Philippine Azkals under-22 men's team absorbed a frustrating 0-3 loss to underdog Timor Leste to also end its medal chances.

Timor Leste's Mouzinho Barreto de Lima, Luis Figo Pereira Ribeiro, Elias da Costa Ximenes scored a goal each in the 14th, 54th, and 89th minute of the game, respectively.

The Filipinos dropped to a 1-draw and 2-loss record with one point in Group A.

The Azkals will end its group phase schedule against Myanmar on May 10.

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