PH Azkals outlast Maldives to make AFC Challenge Cup finals


The Philippine Azkals huddle to say a prayer of thanks after winning their match against the Maldives early Wednesday (Philippine time). CEDELF TUPAS/PDI

MANILA, Philippines—Chris Greatwich struck in extra time as the Philippines outlasted Maldives, 3-2, to make the finals of the AFC Challenge Cup early Wednesday (Manila time) at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.

One of the players who helped the Azkals spark the rise of football in the country in 2010, Greatwich delivered the clutch goal once again after he came in for Jerry Lucena in the second half.

Phil Younghusband opened the scoring for the Azkals in the 19th minute. The Fil-British striker also kicked off the Filipinos’ attack in the 2-0 win over Turkmenistan in the group stage.

The Fil-Danish Lucena followed it up with his first goal for the Philippines, giving the Azkals a 2-1 lead in the 39th minute.

But it was far from a safe lead for the Filipinos as the home team equalized in the 66th minute on a goal from Assadhulla Abdulla.

Ali Ashfaq led Maldives’ final stand in extra time, but the Azkals managed to hold their ground for the historical victory.

The Azkals and Palestine, which shut out Afghanistan, 2-0, in the semis, will meet in the Finals and dispute the coveted slot for the AFC Asian Cup on Friday.

Originally posted: 2:46 am | Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


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  • valsore

    Interesting pinoy names: meyroong magaling na mangkukulam (great witch), at meyroong batang asawa (young husband) and both of them kicks balls well. Pero mas gusto ko yung pakyaw or Pacquiao (wholesale), kaya lang si Manny hindi naman trader. Incidentally, Padre Gabas (Cecuano for saw) is not a carpenter, nor Padre Suntok (punch) is not a boxer, LOL.

  • henri_see

    eto dapat sport ng pinas. kaya lang pinoys maiksi ang attention span. kailangan palaging may shoot.

    kapag cerebral na like motosports, foozeball and bazseball, ayaw na. di bale nang puro unano, yun laro pa rin ng matatangkad ang gusto, like bazeketball at balleyvoll.

    yun lang.

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Is the winner of the Asian Cup automatically qualified to play in the World Cup?

    • Krissey Mahilig

      no,, its asean cup in Australia on 2015

      • Lemuel Vargas

        Thanks for the info, Krissey…The winner of the Asean Cup, then, will go to the World Cup?

  • saxnviolins

    Good. But I still miss the other regular players like Angel Guirado, Caligdong, Araneta, Sabio.

  • isangbansa

    well deserved!!!

  • Maharlika3

    Maraming salamat Azkals for the great win.
    I enjoyed the thrill of the game. Happy to see your triangular offense.
    Congratulations also to the Philippine management team. A good team starts from good team management.
    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!

  • yke

    Congrats Azkals! All he way to land down under!

  • bArrackeR

    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM AZKALS!!! It’s time to bring home the Bacon!!!!

    • Guest

      Bacon ka jan! Adobo dapat. pinoy nga eh…

      • bArrackeR

        Figure of speech yan brad!! Turo yan sa iskwelahan sa kolehiyo

      • mark_john21

        oo nga, haram yan! yang adobo, halal! hahahaha

    • leubas


  • gemini0602

    congrats and goodluck. please bring home the crown…

    • defenseminister

      isa pa to, crown ka jan! cup nga eh…

      • sopingac

        LOL. Nice one.

      • butthurtburt

        nasanay sa beauty pageant. haha

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