The Philippines opened its cam-paign in the Chi-nese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) International Tournament 2017 with a lop-sided 3-1 win over Laos on Friday at the Municipal Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan.
Longtime standout Phil Younghusband scored in the first half before two other booters netted one goal apiece in the final 45 minutes as the Azkals grabbed the first maximum points in the inaugural edition of the competition.
With the win, the men’s national football team jumped on top of the four-nation table while Laos dropped to the bottom.
Veteran striker Younghusband notched the first goal in the 35th minute off a crafty assist from his brother James for his 48th international goal.
Returning midfielder Angel Guirado outran his defender then beat the opposing goalkeeper to double the Azkals’ lead just a minute past the restart.
University of the Philippines stalwart Kintaro Miyagi, who earned his first international cap in the seniors team, punctuated the rout with an 81st minute strike.
Laos notched a consolation goal in the stoppage time courtesy of Phitack Kongmathilath.
The Philippines tries to retain its lead when it tackles host Chinese Taipei today at 7 p.m.