Bahadoran, Ramsay power Azkals past Yemen
Santino Honasan on Jun 17, 2015 02:25 AM
Misagh Bahadoran was the spark for the Azkals once again, as he scored his second international goal to help the Philippines get past Yemen
Conversions from Misagh Bahardoran and Iain Ramsay lifted the Philippine Azkals past Yemen to score their second straight win in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last Tuesday night in Doha, Qatar.
The Philippine side controlled the ball for majority of the first half, but the first clean shot from the Azkals only came midway through the half. The Yemeni squad also couldn’t find the back of the net, resulting in a scoreless first 45 minutes.
In the second half, much like how things played out during the match against Bahrain, it was Bahadoran who sparked the Azkals charge, spinning away from his defender, catching an assist from Javier Patino and blasting it into the back of the net in the 52nd minute for his second international goal the Azkals advantage.
If during the Bahrain match, Patino was able to give everyone a peek into his scoring prowess, the Fil-Spanish striker displayed his facilitating skills, as he found Iain Ramsay with a beautiful cross from the right side of the box, leading to a 74th minute goal for the Azkals.
The Azkals prevented the Yemeni squad from pulling one back, largely due to the defensive efforts of keeper Neil Etheridge, who had his hand at almost every Yemeni attempt at a goal.
The Azkals successfully open their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers campaign, sweeping the first stretch as they head into a lengthy break before they compete again.
Up next for the Azkals will be a game back at home pitch against Uzbekistan on the eighth of September at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan.
North Korea and the Philippines both currently sit at the top of the Group H standings with two wins and six points apiece, while Bahrain, Uzbekistan, and Yemen round out the group, all have yet to score any points.