Azkals lose to Kuwait in Fifa friendly


MANILA, Philippines—Returning key players gave the Philippines a boost but it wasn’t enough as the Azkals yielded to Kuwait, 1-2, in a Fifa international friendly late Tuesday night (Manila time) in Kuwait.

Phil Younghusband, who was back in the lineup after missing the Peace Cup and the Bahrain friendly, picked up where he left off as he struck the Philippines lone goal off a penalty kick after a handball called against Kuwait.

Fil-British Neil Etheridge kept the Azkals in the game with a slew of fine saves in the first half including a double save in the 27th minute.

Bader Al-Mutawa opened up the scoring for Kuwait in the 35th minute off a powerful strike before Younghusband equalized in the 60th minute.

Coming out sharp in the second half, the Philippines got good looks but the quicker Kuwaitis held their ground.

Demitrius Omphroy had a shot on goal but didn’t get a clear hit on the shot after Patrick Reichelt’s attempt went over.

Kuwait, ranked 112, struck again in the 70th minute after a questionable penalty called against Juani Guirado.

The Azkals, who are on a build-up for the AFF Suzuki Cup,  held Asian powerhouse Bahrain to a scoreless draw last Saturday but just couldn’t slow down the relentless Kuwait side.

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  • peteryang47

    Patience and Perseverance is the key to long term success. Teams that taste instant success, are teams that build castle in the air, a.flash in the pan. foundation built on sand and fairy like tale. They always fade away as fast as they tasted success.  Perhaps you can now see the fruits of the labor the team is just starting to reap. The Philippines team is trying to build on strong foundation which is the long term success
    This is an impressive achievement considering Kuwait is one of the major soccer force in Asia and  the match was played in Kuwait where they could only defeat the Philippines team by a narrow win of 2-1 victory. Only last year the Philippines lost on Kuwait home ground by a score of 0-3  (1-5 aggregate score). The sign of  early improvement was evidently shown  not this year but during the last year match, and as the team improve and progress  steadily the scoreline confirmed how much and how far the team has improved. It shows the team is improving consistently and steadily, This calls for Patience and Perseverance , cos without patience and perseverance, it would not had been possible
    The Philippines soccer team is no longer the whipping boys anymore in its region as i had mentioned before. They can participate in the coming Suzuki Cup with confident knowing they has even chance as much as other teams to win the Cup.
    The time will also come when you will get to see local talents making household names  on both  domestic and national level and it all depend on the strong grass root development . Again this calls for Patience and Perseverance  specially from the fans side. Base from the progress and  past friendly matches and competitions on the participating teams for the coming Suzuki Cup . I drew my conclusion  on the team  most likely to win the Suzuki cup may come from the Group A. and these are the teams which i feels has the winning material to win the Cup, They are Thailand Philippines Vietnam and Myanmar.
    The Group B teams,  Indonesia may stand a better chance, Singapore might still  be a strong contender despite having lost to Philippines in the recent friendly.  and Malaysia? every match in the coming Suzuki Cup is going to be tough and difficult for them  cos they have to play with the tag as reigning Champion, the most pressured team in the competition, cos it is much more difficult to defend the Cup than to win it. But that doesn’t mean my prediction could be correct as the ball is always round and soccer is always an unpredictable sport. Keep on supporting your team and keep on playing the beautiful game, God bless

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