Small piece of puzzle? It doesn’t seem soBy Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
SINGAPORE—Stephan Schrock said he’s just a small piece of the puzzle to the success of the national side.
That statement belied what transpired Friday night when the Philippines stunned Singapore, 2-0, Friday night at Jurong West Stadium here.
Playing his first international since the scoreless draw with Malaysia last June, Schrock had an influential role, producing two assists that boosted the Azkals to their first victory over the Lions in a long time.
Showing confidence and swagger that the Azkals missed in recent matches, Schrock rejuvenated the Azkals with a strong display, flashing all the skills that made him a sought-after prospect in the German Bundesliga last season.
“Schrocky was obviously the star of the show,” said defender Rob Gier.
After dispossessing Singapore veteran midfielder Mustafic Fahrudin, Schrock found Phil Younghusband for the second goal in the 49th minute. He also set up Chieffy Caligdong for the opener in the 8th minute.
Schrock however refused to take credit for the Azkals’ performance.
“It is difficult if you don’t know the movement and the skills of the other players,” said Schrock who plays for TSG Hoffenheim. “I have to watch the first 15 minutes to study them, but I’m in a good squad so its not difficult as others might think.”