Philippines shuts out Nepal, 2-0, in AFC Challenge Cup
MANILA, Philippines—Phil Younghusband provided the scoring punch for the Philippines as the Azkals shut out former champion India, 2-0, in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup Sunday in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Younghusband nearly pulled off a hat trick as he scored all of the Azkals’ goals, opening the scoring early in the 11th minute before doubling the lead in the 73rd minute.
Younghusband scored off a throw-in by Jason Sabio in the first half before connecting with James Younghusband for the other goal.
But it was also efficient defending by the Azkals and the efforts goalkeeper Neil Etherdige that carried them through.
Philippines is now second in its group, tied with Tajikistan (1-0-1, three points) behind North Korea and will have to slug it out in a winner-take-all match for a semifinals spot.
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