Schrock goal powers U-22 Azkals to first SEA Games win
Santino Honasan on Nov 30, 2019 01:44 AM
Stephan Shcrock's second-half corner led the U-22 Azkals to a 1-0 win over Malaysia in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (Photo: Arvin Lim)
The Philippine Under-22 Men's Football National Team finally broke into the win column, defeating Malaysia, 1-0 in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men's Football Tournament, Friday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Hungry for a win and with their backs against the wall, the Pinoy side came out aggressive in the opening moments and immediately found some early chances.
The Malaysians began to mount some offense of their own, but Pinoy keeper Anthony Pinthus stepped up big time in the defensive end as he was able to get his hands on Malaysia's attempts.
For the first time in the SEA Games tournament, the U-22 Azkals finally tasted a lead, as team captain Stephan Schrock put the Azkals on the board off a fantastic corner in the 72nd minute.
Shrock's shot would get deflected by Malaysian keeper Muhammad Haziq Nadzli but would bounce of teammate Muhammad Danial Amier Norisham's back and straight into the goal.
With the time running out and and a heightened sense of urgency, the Malaysian side pushed the pace once again, leading to a number of near-makes in late in the match.
Once again, it was keeper Pinthus who helped preserve the lead with a commendable defensive effort to get his first clean sheet of the SEA Games tournament.
The Azkals get their much-needed 3 points, a big boost in momentum as they close out the group stage against Timor Leste at the Binan Stadium in Binan, Laguna on December 4th.