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    • Philippines' Azkals tames the Singapore Lions 1-0


      CEBU CITY - The Philippine Azkals leaned on the defensive prowess of goalkeeper Ed Sacapano and the goal of substitute Marwin Angeles in the 54th minute to defeat the visiting Singapore Lions in their friendly match held Thursday evening at the packed Cebu City Sports Complex here in this city.



      Angeles provided the game’s only score as he came into the game along with star siblings, Phil and James Younghusband, at the start of the second half. With the trio’s entry, the tempo and the pace of the match shifted to the Azkals’ favor and it didn’t take long for it to materialize into a goal.




      It came after a cross by Phil Younghusband went wide and was deflected by Lions goalie Jumaat Hyrulnizam straight to the waiting foot of Angeles who forcefully tapped the ball to the goal,which drew a roar from the partisan crowd.




      However, as brilliant as the goal was, it was Sacapano’s defense that really shone through especially late in the first half when he frustrated Singapore’s best chance at drawing first blood against the Azkals. Late into injury time, Singapore forward Amri Khairul was fouled by Azkals defender, Jeffrey Christiaens inside the penalty box, leading to a penalty kick by the Lions.

      Picked to shoot was midfielder, Shi Jiayi, as the tension rose up a notch inside the stadium. Sacapano though, eased all that away as he guessed right and stopped Jiayi’s shot as the ball hit him square in the chest, enabling the Azkals to go to halftime with a scoreless draw.




      Sacapano also came up big in the second half as a powerful straight shot attempted by Lions midfielder, Hariis Harun, was deflected up and above the crossbar. Later, he added two more saves to his name off a free kick wherein he tapped the shot attempt of the Lions to the right and recovered his position in time to distract the Lions into shooting the ball wide.



      The Azkals tried to pad their lead several times but none more promising than the headers that were attempted by forward Denis Wolf. Wolf first got away and had a clean shot at a header but the ball bounced up and was saved by Hyrulnizam. Then, another chance came on the 82nd minute as Phil Younghusband crossed the ball accurately to Wolf only for the latter’s attempt to hit the crossbar.

      By: Jonas Panerio
      iSTORYAn League of Writers- Sports
      Comments 18 Comments
      1. boang3000's Avatar
        boang3000 -
        payter! sayanga wa ko kita sa duwa kay work
      1. free_hugs's Avatar
        free_hugs -
        ninduta ani.. mayta naa pay next nga duwa nila dire sa cebu...
      1. disomniac's Avatar
        disomniac -
        FINAL SCore was 2 AZKALS 0 SIngapore

        second goal by araneta -
      1. stew_griff's Avatar
        stew_griff -
        Quote Originally Posted by disomniac View Post
        FINAL SCore was 2 AZKALS 0 SIngapore

        second goal by araneta -
        1-0 mn daw kay gi disallow ang goal ni araneta
      1. grindlock83's Avatar
        grindlock83 -
        idol AZKALS
      1. nakaigo's Avatar
        nakaigo -
        didto ko namaligya ug ice water...

        twas a nice game...
      1. gshukaku's Avatar
        gshukaku -
        pytera diay ana ilang goal keeper oi...
      1. fweng2x's Avatar
        fweng2x -
        Go Azkals Suzuki Cup na pud....
      1. ishmot0i's Avatar
        ishmot0i -
        nindot daw ila game..aq nia tanawon ang replay ani..
      1. sakagawasan's Avatar
        sakagawasan -
        It came after a cross by Phil Younghusband went wide and was deflected by Lions goalie Jumaat Hyrulnizam straight to the waiting foot of Angeles who forcefully tapped the ball to the goal,which drew a roar from the partisan crowd.
        cross ni Phil YH, nilapas sa kamot sa SG goalkeeper nadeflect/pass ni Patrick Reichelt ang bola padung ka Marwin Angeles.
      1. radiostar's Avatar
        radiostar -
        Quote Originally Posted by disomniac View Post
        FINAL SCore was 2 AZKALS 0 SIngapore

        second goal by araneta -
        offside to ang goal ni araneta so 1-0 ra
      1. Von Mantilla El Aliemy's Avatar
        Von Mantilla El Aliemy -
        Quote Originally Posted by radiostar View Post
        offside to ang goal ni araneta so 1-0 ra
        mao pero ila naman gi-credit ang score ato nga 2-0. then gibawi sa pinakalast na dapit nga penalty kick.. dapat final naman na ui.. bawiay diay.
      1. Peenut's Avatar
        Peenut -
        daog nani sila sa Suzuki Cup, basta mawala na inujury sa 4 ka players...
      1. Frappuccino's Avatar
        Frappuccino -
        Azkals FTW! keep up the good work guyz!
      1. kabisdak's Avatar
        kabisdak -
        apil bah gypon ang younghusband sa team?
      1. jofox's Avatar
        jofox -
        Proud kau ang mga pinoy oi..bsan asa pa.... pero lagot jud kau ang mga Singaporean.....
      1. aikiep's Avatar
        aikiep -
        uniform remembrance....
      1. solarsystemsphilippines's Avatar
        solarsystemsphilippines -
        go azkals FTW im proud of being filipino people
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