CF Madrid too good for Philippine Azkals

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Photo by Richard Reyes

MANILA, Philippines—It was a loss that felt more like a win for Philippine football.

The Azkals Alyansa bowed to a more cohesive and disciplined Internacionale de Madrid side, 1-3, Saturday night in a charity game that lured a crowd of 8,000 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Proceeds of the match dubbed “Dili ka nag-iisa” will go to relief efforts for the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in Mindanao and for goal scorer James Younghusband, that was already enough.

“I’m glad to get the goal, but for me just being part of this game is already special,” he said.

At halftime, CF Madrid officials turned over a check for 10,000 euros to the Philippine National Red Cross chair Sen. Richard Gordon. The stadium observed a minute of silence for the victims before the game and the crowd sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the 1943 Broadway musical Carousel dedicated to the victims.

Younghusband scored the only goal for the Azkals—a header from a cross from Chieffy Caligdong—in the 62nd minute, but by that time, the Spanish Tercera division side had already settled the outcome after going 3-nil up a minute into the second half.

Rufo Sanchez put CF Madrid ahead with a 15th minute penalty after Eduard Sacapano clipped Daniel Garcia Fernandez inside the box.

Fernandez doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with a curling strike from just inside the box. A quick counterattack a minute into the second half saw Ignacio Feijoo make it 3-nil with a well-taken strike from close range.

While several players from the United Football League were in the squad, Azkals Alyansa coach Edwin Cabalida opted to field a starting lineup made up of national players.

But the Azkals were a shadow of the fearsome side that won five matches last year, struggling to keep up with the pace and enterprising play of the Spanish side, which continuously created chances in the opening half.

“The fitness level was very low. The passing and combination play wasn’t there, but the team improved in the second half,” said Cabalida.

The Azkals are preparing for the AFC Challenge Cup in March and Cabalida said the match showed there was plenty of work to be done on the team to become competitive in the tournament.

“It was a tough game and we played a very good team which makes this trip worth it,” said CF Madrid coach Javier Garcia Marquez.

A swift three-pass combination from the backline allowed Fernandez to run past Anton Del Rosario, forcing Sacapano to go out of his line.

The Azkals found difficulty to break down the Spanish side with Ian Araneta limited to long-range efforts and Phil Younghusband managing just a tame shot in the 10th minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Una hihingi ako ng tawad sayo pedrong bata,  Na nagalit ikaw sa mga comment ko.
    Hindi ko pinapangarap na maging pinoy dahil, pinagmalaki ko ang pinanggalingan ko. Ang gusto ko lang dito na mailbahagi at matoto sa alro ng football sa philipinas. .Nainteres ako at malalaman galing sa bansang pinas, dahil football ay magandang laro na nagkasundo ang ibat ibang lahi kahit pa man iba iba ang kulay.
    Ano pa kung tayo ay mgkapitbahay gusto ko namg magkasundo. Para di ka magagalit na sa akin, ano gusto mo, hihinto ako sa pag komento? maraming salamat sayo ginoong pedrong bata. Happy new year sayo at sa pamilya mo…… God bless.

  • Anonymous

    I dont think pedronimo is racist, No he isnt, he just merely stating his suggestion that perhaps there are capable talents in the country who arent being scouted out yet which i also think its a good suggestion from pedronimo. and i also find that having these foreign fili players in the team is good as well. I hope the grassroot development will be successful,in your country cos this is where i foresee the mainstream of the future team besides foreign filis as well.
    We were blessed in our successful grassroot programme because of  one man who showed us and he is Mr Frank Lord who once who in charge of our national team and he was bold enough to introduce young bloods into the senior squad and he emphasied on young talents, Mr Frank Lord later returned to England and worked for English club like Manchester United as a scout  but he inparted his rich knowledge and expertise to us here specially to able to spot young talents and making them into potential football players, That is why i always belives in the litlle ones,, Never doubt your little ones in your country, they are the gems the unpolished diamonds that will one day make everyone of you proud , God bless Philippines and keep on playing the beautiful game.

    • pedrongbata

      nandito ka na naman peteryang puro patutsyada!!!! 

      • Anonymous

        type in english pls,

      • Anonymous

        peteryang47, please do continue with your postings here, I dont see any of your postings are insulting and its more of encouragements towards us, For a malaysian, you are more filipino than some of us here

        Just ignore pedrongbata He is the one who actually insult our own pinoys, specially wiht his postings on the half filipinos in the Azkal team.

      • pedrongbata

        Kaya tayo hindi aasenso dahil mga taong kagaya mo panay puri ng foreigner.  Paano maging pinoy yang si peteryang47?  Malaysian na nga e gusto mo pang maging filipino…….pare, huwag kang magpadala sa mga patutsyada sa mga foreigners.  Nag pa praktis lang yan si peteryang47 ng english nya……

  • Anonymous

    Di po kasalanan ng isang tao ang pagiging gwapo maaring binigay ng Diyos yon sa kanila kasi deserving sila, at wag nyo po ipagmamalaki na nagbabayad kayo ng buwis dahil kung tutuusin mas malaki ang kontribusyon ng mga OFW sa ekonomiya ng bansang Pilipinas lahat ng Pilipino alam yan. tapos!

  • Anonymous

    I hope to see inputs from bloggers like that malaysai blogger ( i forgot his id).  He seems to know about this sport well and his input is quite impressive.

    One thing i observed, most of his postings, he encouraged even when our team were badly defeated specially in the recent sea games.and yet he isnt a Filipino.

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