Philippine Azkals seize third place in 2012 AFC Challenge Cup


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines held on to turn back Palestine, 4-3, and clinch third place Monday in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal.

The Azkals barged into the scoring column early after a left-footed strike by Phil Younghusband in the third minute.

Palestine equalized but again Younghusband delivered this time on a penalty in the 25th minute.

Juani Guirado and Angel Guirado kept the Philippines ahead with stellar goals after Palestine just wouldn’t go away.

Juani, the older Guirado, struck the Azkals’ fourth final goal in the 70th minute after Palestine drew to within one, 2-3.

Angel Guirado meanwhile came through in the 41st minute that gave the Philippines a 3-1 cushion at the half.

Originally posted at 05:41 pm | Monday, March 19,  2012

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  • peteryang47

     Thank you HRK1, hopefully our teams may meet in the final. I Knew your present team has potentials and the players are talented ever since i first watched your team played in the last suzuki cup two legs semi final against Indonesia, Now,your team is even much stronger and much improved (even better than us). I wont be surprised if your team reach the final this time ,, But i think  we must be wary of Vietnam, Myammar and Indonesia besides Thailand . . Malaysia? we maybe the defending champoin, but unless our team and coach has learnt from the recent friendly match against your Philippines, as not to underestmiate your team and start to get down to serious preparation from now, then im afriad, Malaysia team may not advance far. Our team struggled against your team in the friendly match the last time and were very very very lucky to score the equalising goa in injury timel. Take note here,  just how much your team has improved as shown in that friendly match.. if some of your people still dont noticed it, i noticed. God bless .

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  • ramsor

    congratulations!   To defeat a middle eastern teams whose players played since their early grade school years is a big achievement of sort for the Philippines!  In defeat and victory, our great  thanks to our foreign-born compatriots and native-born as well,  for sharing their football talent.  All of them inspire our young Pinoy footballers!

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