Thursday, March 1, 2012

Philippine Azkals Left with a Draw vs Malaysian Tigers (1-1) Due to Late Goal

I had the opportunity to watch the friendly game between the Philippine Azkals and the Malaysian Tigers last night which ended in a draw (1-1) after a late goal from Malaysia.

Through most of the match between the progressing Azkals and the Suzuki Cup 2010 champions, at least after Denis Wolf scored through a header in the 34th minute, it seemed that the Azkals would win the game. But Ahmad Shakr Ali struck the ball towards the left bottom corner in the 91st minute and sent the game to a draw.

Phil Younghusband makes a free kick

There were missed chances from the Philippines side, especially in the first half where they had a lot of goal attempts, one of which was the curving ball from Angel Guirado that struck the right goal post. The Malaysian side showed persistence during the second half, keeping Neil Etheridge busy with their left wing man exploiting its side.

Second half begins

One goal attempt which was on target was foiled by a great save by the Azkals' first-choice goal keeper captured in the photo below by Goal.PH.

Neil Etheridge flies and stretches for the great save - Credits to Goal.PH

The match showed the Philippine Azkals' progress since its meeting with the Malaysian Tigers during the 2010 Suzuki Cup. The Philippine football team is set to leave the country for the AFC Challenge Cup in March.

1 comment:

LhanLhan said...

enjoyed the game!