Younghusband brothers lead Philippines to a 4-0 win over Nepal


WINNING MOMENT. Team Azkals celebrate after a goal in a Fifa-sanctioned friendly match with Nepal at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines overwhelmed Nepal, 4-0, Tuesday in a Fifa-sanctioned home friendly where the inspired Younghusband brothers shone.

Star stiker Phil Younghusband netted his second goal in the 54th minute which gave the Azkals a 3-0 lead after he opened the scoring for the Philippines with a well-placed hit in the 17th minute off a pass from Fil-Dutch Paul Mulders.

His brother James, meanwhile, connected on a long shot in the 28th minute to double the lead.

Fil-English Matthew Hartmann capped the assault for the Azkals with a goal in the 88th minute before an appreciative crowd at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, meanwhile, kept a clean sheet with his timely saves against Nepal’s attempts.

James Younghusband takes a goal in a friendly game that Philippine Team Azkals won, 4-0, over Nepal. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

But it the Philippines, placed 30 spots lower than Nepal (no. 135) in the Fifa rankings, which was more aggressive side with countless shot on goals.

Home-grown hero Chieffy Caligdong, who scored four goals in the recent Long Teng Cup, wasn’t able to score with several misses including an early attempt in the eighth minute which sailed wide.

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  • Anonymous

    Nothing to crow about. Its like watching high school basketball in Surigao. The only people this team impresses are Filipinos who have not watched national teams like Brazil, Mexico, Spain to name a few. In Manila this is a big deal, because the star players are Meztizo, good-looking and all that bs.They are now talking about making this guys movie stars. This is the biggest sports hoax in Philippine history. These guys are going nowhere. Its third world soccer.

  • Trump Pillow

    Hindi kayo katutubo para mag sabi na hindi sila pilipino. Ano kayo Aeta? Im not a pure breed me lahi kaming kastila kasi sila ang sumakop sa atin nuong unang panahon. So what right do you have to tell them that they are not Filipino? 

  • Rene V

    my Respects to our Homegrown Azkals, too.

  • Rene V

    aminin man o hindi, ito na ang bagong mukha ng Pilipino. we were spread to the 4 corners of the world whether we liked it or not.our brothers and sisters abroad lived as best they could and had children by intermarriages in their adopted countries. it is to the credit of their Filipino parent that their sons manifested their love for their Filipino parent’s country and adopted Pilipinas as their own and proudly wear Our Tricolors representing our Pilipinas and us.maybe even better than some of us who make inuman sa kanto a nightly event then make an event of themselves afterwards. so sino ang mas Pinoy?

  • Anonymous

    congrats!! but it seems that players mentioned were imports. may  I say that it is unfair?

    • Brian Lance Tamayao

      wanna see homegrown players score? not always applicable. hahaha. just remember the Les Blues team of France. How many of them were from Africa? In fact, those dudes are the ones who score most of the time. :))

    • Paul Vincent Cantong

      Unfair?? In what sense? Coz they’re not full blooded Filipino? Oh please.. 

      • Aim

        so what this is just for the Filipinos to start liking the games as We had before the professional football; league

    • Scallop/Scalper

      You may not say it is unfair because the entire team helped for the goal to be made, even if only the same player kicked the ball towards the goal. Please learn the game before posting any racist comments. By the way, it was a pure Filipino, Chieffy Caligdong who won the golden boot in the recently finished Long Teng Cup with four goals. This time it was Phil Younghusband, James Younghusband, and Hartmann because Chieffy was guarded effectively and even “accidentally” injured by the Nepali players so he had to be sidelined and substituted. Yes, it was unfair for the opponents to injure our star player, Chieffy, but it was not unfair for the Younghusbands and Hartmann to score the winning goals against the Nepalis.

      • Anonymous

        you idyot scallop!!! i am not a racist.does the context of my opinion dwells racism? the way you respond seems you know everything!! am only asking why all the players mentioned were imports and i think my comment which i am entitled as this page is for everybody’s opinion is certainly not overbearing.i did not see the game but would it be better imbecile creature scallop if all filipinos were defined in this game and maybe we would feel more happy.

      • Aim

        tang ina mo Birdie whereever you are

      • Aim

        so what imports are you talking about you winker

  • Anonymous

    Good win, but  i don’t think it’s a great feat. I’d like to see Azkals defeat better teams using good execution, not just homerun plays.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I’m impressed with the half empty seats! Amazing how we Fil-Filipinos lose interest so fast on a team ranked 166th in the world. To think na 156 to go, top ten na tayo!

  • dan sige palami

    Its a good win. Sayang lang kasi magaling lang ang azkals pag exhibition games……huhuhuhu

    • Scallop/Scalper

      This is not just an “exhibition game.” It is a FIFA-sanctioned international friendly match which will affect the international rankings of both countries. It is also the first international friendly match played by the Philippine team on home soil in more than 10 years, primarily because our team’s performance before was so low that no other team was interested in trying themselves against the Philippines. Now that the Philippines has been performing better, more countries are now interested in playing against the Azkals and are inviting them to join in international tournaments. People want to watch interesting games with great football. They don’t want to watch boring games where they will just be disappointed with lackluster play.

  • Benito jr. Toledo

    what is the relevance of that game? what is at stake?

    • Jeffrey James T

      It’s a FIFA sanction friendly game parekoy. To gain some experience, points and improve our ranking.

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