Global elicits draw from Australians

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The friendly match between local club Global FC and Australian League club Perth Global FC ended in a scoreless draw on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

Perth Glory was greeted with tough opposition by the United Football League (UFL) top squad.

Global, comfortable in its turf, greeted the visitors with continuous attacks.

Perth responded with crisp counterattacks but the center-back duo of Azkal Amani Aguinaldo and Serbian Milan Nikolic foiled all their attempts.


The Filipino club almost broke the deadlock in the first minute of stoppage time after Paolo Bugas found the unmarked Omid Nazari inside the box but failed to convert as the game entered the break in a scoreless draw.

Global’s Bugas attempted a short-range attack in the 51st minute but returned empty handed.

Perth Glory almost scored in the 80th minute with an attack by winger Chris Harold but his chip over Global FC substitute goalie Nicholas O’donnell went high off the crossbar.

Azkal Misagh Bahadoran had two chances to seal the victory in the dying minutes of the match but his shots were blocked by Perth goalie Nicholas Feeley.

According to head coach Leigh Manson, it is feat to hold off the visiting Australians to a draw considering the quality of game in the Australian league.

“I hope there will be more clubs now that will maybe look at the Philippines for pre-season. We have a great climate and we got good clubs here,” said Manson.

Perth Glory is in the country for a three-game training camp as part of their preparations for their campaign in the Australian league.

The Australians will be playing two more games in the Philippines – against UFL All-Stars on Saturday and the Azkals on July 26.

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