Philippines holds Singapore to 0-0 in Suzuki Cup

Philippines held three-time champion Singapore to a 0-0 draw in

the first leg of the Suzuki Cup semifinals on Saturday.

Philippines, aiming for its first final after making a second

consecutive semifinal appearance, held on at its home Rizal

Memorial Stadium with Singapore missing at least one good chance in

each half.

Singapore captain Shahril Ishak failed to tap in a cross from

striker Aleksander Duric in the 26th minute, while Duric headed

wide from a cross by Ishak in the 54th.

The second leg will be played in Singapore on Wednesday.

In the other semifinal series, Malayasia hosts Thailand in the

first leg at te Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on