Azkals survive Kyrgyzstan with gritty win
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 07, 2016 01:44 AM
Keeper Neil Etheridge came up with a game-saving penalty kick rejection to help the Philippine Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan.
Philippine national team keeper Neil Etheridge put on an impressive defensive effort, including what turned out to be a game-saving penalty kick rejection that gave the Azkals a 2-1 win over Krygyzstan in their international friendly match in Bishkek, Tuesday evening, Manila time.
A free kick from the left side went to Kevin Ingreso, who volleyed the ball to the right post and into the back of the goal gave the Azkals their opening goal in the 43rd minute.
Around ten minutes into the second half, Misagh Bahadoran doubled the Pinoy side's lead, finishing a sequence that started from an Iain Ramsay cross.
The home team made things interesting a few minutes later, pulling one back and making it a single-goal difference with at least 30 minutes left in the match.
The biggest sequence however came with around six minutes left in the match when the Pinoys conceded a penalty kick, but Etheridge came up with a huge save to preserve the Azkals lead and eventually, the win.
The Pinoys manage a win against the 105th ranked team in the world as they prepare for more friendly matches ahead of the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup later this year.
The Philippine Azkals are scheduled to meet Bahrain on the seventh of October, then Korea DPR three days later.
The Azkals and Kyrgyzstan will meet again in November, this time at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.