Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Azkals fall short vs. Kuwait


Source : Boxing Scene

Source : AKTV
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Kuwait continued its mastery over the Philippine national men’s football team after notching a 2-1 victory over the Azkals in a friendly match Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Manila time) at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City.

The Azkals are no strangers to the Kuwaitis, who ended their campaign in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers last year on a 5-1 aggregate score. The result is a positive for the Azkals, a marked improvement from their performance in the same city last year, where they lost 3-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers.

Kuwait found a chance to score early, as the Azkals gave up a penalty kick at the 26th minute. But goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made a great save to avoid an early deficit.

Moments after, however, Kuwait hit the back of the net at the 35th minute to grab a 1-0 lead at the break.

Kuwait committed a handball violation inside the penalty box in the second half, granting the Filipinos a penalty kick. Phil Younghusband, making his Azkals return as a substitute late in the first half, slotted in a goal at the 60th minute to tie the match.

The Azkals, however, allowed Kuwait to hit a penalty kick after an iffy foul call by the referees at the 70th minute.

Kuwait had a chance to score a dagger late in the match but they missed a breakaway goal at the 83rd minute.

Demitrius Omphroy had a great attempt to score the equalizer, but his shot at the 86th minute was saved by the goalkeeper.

The match against Kuwait is the last match of the Azkals’ Middle East training tour. They drew Bahrain in a scoreless result in its capital Manama last week.

The Azkals will next face Singapore in Cebu on November 15 as their last game before heading to the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, where they look to surpass their historic semifinal run in the same tournament two years ago.

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