Phil happy to get back on scoresheet against Indonesia, but still disappointed with result
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 24, 2016 07:14 PM
It took quite a while for Phil Younghusband to score his 43rd international goal, but it came at just the right time.
With less than ten minutes remaning and looking at a 2-1 deficit against Indonesia, Azkals captain Phil Younghusband uncorked a free kick that went straight to the back of the net and proved to be the game-saving goal, Tuesday evening.
That was goal number 43 in Phil's international career.
Aside from keeping the Azkals alive in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, what makes Phil's equalizer more special was that it was his first goal in almost exactly two years.
Prior to Tuesday's conversion, Younghusband's last goal was back in November 25, 2014, just two days off from making it exactly two years. It was in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam, and it was against, coincidentally, Indonesia as well.
Younghusband went scoreless in 2015, after being moved to more of a facilitator role.
"It's my first goal in that position, it's good to get back on the score sheets," Phil told the media after the Indonesia match.
Still, the Fil-British star couldn't be completely happy, given the result, but managed to look on the brighter side of the situation.
"I'm just still disappointed that we couldn't get the win, but we live to fight another day, and what's important is that we stay optimistic and know that we still have a chance."
The Azkals hope that Phil can conjure up even more magical goals when they meet tournament favorites Thailand on Friday at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.