• Azkals defeat Yemenis in Doha

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    BATTLE-READY The members of the Philippine Azkals before their game against Bahrain on Thursday at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    BATTLE-READY The members of the Philippine Azkals before their game against Bahrain on Thursday at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    The Philippine national football team dispatched Yemen, 2-0, to take their second win in the joint 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.

    After a successful home game against Bahrain on June 11, the Azkals continued their winning streak with a display of stellar offense in their meeting with the Yemenis.

    The booters from Manila probed the defense of their foes with several attempts to score a goal in the first half but could not penetrate the tight guarding of Yemeni goalkeeper Mohammed Ayash until the halftime break.

    As the game entered the second half, Misagh Bahadoran, who scored his first international goal during their last outing versus Bahrain, received a well-timed pass from Javier Patiño, evaded his defender with a nifty turn, and scored the opening goal for the Azkals at the 50th minute mark.

    The Yemenis retaliated but to their dismay was intercepted by Azkals shot-stopper Neil Etheridge.

    Patiño doubled the lead of the Azkals after a run deep inside the Yemeni territory to set up Iain Ramsay, who then notched his first goal for the Philippines in the 74th minute.

    Head coach Thomas Dooley deployed fresh legs as the game entered its final minutes with Patrick Reichelt and Kevin Ingreso substituting goal-scorers Bahadoran and Ramsay.

    After finally getting clearance to play for the Philippines, Luke Woodland started his first game for the Azkals, manning the central defensive position in the team’s back-line throughout 90 minutes.

    Dennis Villanueva also had his first chance of playing for the team after being sent in to replace Stephan Palla.

    The Philippines now occupies in the number two spot with two wins in Group H, trailing by a solitary goal to number one seed North Korea.

    Consequently, the Azkals will be on a long break and are scheduled to face world no. 74 Uzbekistan in a home game at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan in September.

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    1. Arch.Lito L. Mallonga on

      This I what we have to promote in the Philippines. Soccer sports
      do not need height. Better than any sports that needs height.
      Unless we can produce Filipinos that has height of at least 7 Footers
      as we all know height is the key not only speed alone.

      We can not compete with other countries including USA, Spain ,
      Yugoslavia, Russia including Canada to name a few who dominate
      Basketball due to height .

      FIFA on woman is now being held in Canada, Japan
      the reigning Woman on FIFA World is doing well to defend
      it here in Canada again. Its all about speed and using the feet
      on how to bring the ball to score.

      Maybe it is time to support not only our Man but also the Woman
      and lets those younger kids both boys and girls start at age
      9 years to learn with the support of their parents and of course
      the National and Local Government . This will take a lot of time
      of preparation and I am sure in just 10 years time we can help
      them prepare not only towards ASEAN Competition but o qualify
      towards the Olympics and the FIFA as well.

      Better facilities and better coaches will be needed and it can be done
      with real funds that will be dedicated entirely for Sports like boxing,
      archery and others that do not need height . Parks are to be build
      including open and closed stadiums be build are very important
      for track and fields so to keep our children out of drugs.