Philippine Azkals Play Yemen To 2:2 Draw

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“On another day, we win that game. Unfortunately, not today.” Neil Etheridge

The Philippine Azkals settled for a 2:2 draw on Tuesday against Yemen in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers. The game was played at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Philippines.

The outcome enabled the team to retain leadership in Group F. The Azkals have  7 points, while Yemen is in second place with 5 points.

The Azkals had to come from behind twice in the game.

Two minutes after conceding the first goal, Phil Younghusband scored his 47th international goal with a stunning free kick to level the score, 1-1, in the 29th minute. The Azkals were down again 10 minutes into the second half when James Younghusband knotted the score at 2-2.

The draw was not good enough for the Younghusband brothers. “Slightly disappointed. At home playing against Yemen, we wanted to make sure we got the win.” Phil said. “The boys are really disappointed because we really wanted to win the game. We get another chance to beat Yemen next month and we are going to make it right.” James predicted. The two teams will play again in Qatar on October 10.

The Azkals were constantly exposed to counter attacks, and no player saw it more than the Cardiff City FC’s #1 goalkeeper, Neil Etheridge. “Defensively we were quite exposed at times. Yemen came here and did a job, counter-attacking us really well,” he said.

The match was televised, the product of hard work done by Azkals manager Dan Palami. “We wanted to make sure the game was televised for fans unable to come to Panaad Stadium. It was a very tough negotiation and a lot of people had to get involved. ”

Daisuke Sato, who plays for Danish club AC Horsens, did not play in the game. “I’ll be there to beat them next month,” he said on Twitter.


About Lerche Njang

My name is Lerche Njang. I’m a coach and scout who specializes in soccer. I’m originally from Nigeria, but now live in the Philippines. I own L & M Football Academy in Nigeria and work as the U14 head coach with FC Metro Manila. I played with the San Francisco Seals, the Kunming International FC in China, and Thunderbolt FC in Nigeria. I have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ coaching license and hold a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. I also earned a certificate in Soccer Operations and Management from Sports Management World Wide Birmingham, UK.

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