Saturday, October 13, 2012

Philippine Azkals Hold Bahrain into a Historic Scoreless Draw

Last night, the Philippine Azkals faced Bahrain in a FIFA friendly match and the result was a scoreless but historic draw in favour of the Philippines. During the first half, the Filipinos played like the higher ranking team with more attempts and more attempts on target even with a lower possession percentage.

In the second half, Bahrain appeared like a completely different team than the one that played during the first 45 minutes. They dominated the possession and bombarded the Filipino side with great build ups but were not able to finish. The Azkals dug in and also had their own share of missed opportunities. 

The scoreless draw is a cause to celebrate for Filipino fans as the Philippines Azkals are ranked at least 32 places lower than Bahrain but did not concede any goals despite a few defensive lapses. The players may be celebrating by having duet breakout box places but surely they are preparing for a more difficult match against Kuwait. All these are part of their preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup this November.

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