Azkals mounts repeat victory vs Kyrgyzstan

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Azkals mounts repeat victory vs Kyrgyzstan ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Philippine Azkals capped off its 2016 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup preparation with a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in their international friendly match on Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.Misagh Bahadoran provided the lone goal for the national men’s football team with his timely hit past Kyrgyzstan’s goal keeper in the second half to snap its two-game losing skid in international friendlies.This also marka the Azkals’ second victory over the Kyrgyzstan team following its 2-1 escape in their first international friendly last September on conversions by Bahadoran and Kevin Ingreso.Kyrgyzstan went aggressive early in the match with multiple close range attempts but were all deflected by Azkals Patrick Muller. The Azkals also had some clear chances but failed to net a score.In the second half, it was the Azkals’ turn to be aggressive with Ingreso, Stephan Schrock and Jeffrey Christiaens mounting shot attempts but they were all thwarted by the defense.In the 65th minute, the Azkals finally entered the scoring column on a well-placed shot by Bahadoran over Kyrgyzstan’s keeper. Kyrgyzstan had a chance to tie in the next possession but Phil Younghusband headed out a shot attempt by the opponent.With less than 10 minutes in the game, Kyrgyzstan had multiple chances to tie the count but their conversions were anticipated by the Azkals defense, led by Amani Aguinaldo.“I am glad that we won against Kyrgyzstan. We will need that morale-boosting win heading into the Suzuki Cup since we will be facing tough opponents,” said Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley.This marks the Azkals’ final international friendly match before the start of the Suzuki Cup on Nov. 19. The national football squad had a total of five tune-up matches heading into the competition, emerging victorious in two face-offs./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img

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