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Philippine Azkals lost to Kuwait Al-Azraq for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

By on Jul 24, 2011 in Asia, Football, Sports, World Comments

Updated: July 28, 2011 9:30 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals lost to Al-Azraq of Kuwait, 3-0 on Sunday, July 24, 2011 (Manila time), during the first leg of second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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As shown live at ABS-CBN which started at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011 (Manila time), the Philippine Azkals fought against Kuwait’s Al-Azraq in Mohammad Al-Hammad stadium in Hawally.

The Philippine football team, considered as the underdog, advanced to the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier after the Azkals beat Sri Lanka on July 3, which was held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

Meanwhile, Kuwait had 7 attempts in the first half and scored on the 17th minute courtesy of Yousef Nasser over Azkals‘ goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and despite the strict defense of the Philippine team.

On the other hand, Philippines had only 5 attempts with Phil Younghusband almost completing a goal, playing so hard being the lone striker for the Azkals, as the match becomes a bit physical.

For the second half, Musaed Neda made the second goal for Kuwait during a scramble near the goal of the Azkals in the 65th minute, although series of replays showed some confusion on how the ball went in.

Later, Kuwait scored their third goal courtesy of a long-range shot by Fahed Al-Ibrahim in the 85th minute as the Azkals seemed to have gotten tired and less defensive on the latter part.

Apparently, AzkalsAly Borromeo and Stephan Schroeck were not allowed to play after both of them acquired yellow cards in the opening round of the World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka that ended in a draw.

Nevertheless, the Azkals also showed tough efforts from other players including Jason Sabio, James Younghusband and Angel Guirado; and were supported by fellow Filipinos in Kuwait which were said to have reached about 5,000.

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