It was a heart pumping, nerve rocking game today for the Philippine Azkals against Malvides in the semi-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014. The game is so intense it’s so hard to miss a moment. But in the end it was the Pinoy kickers who came out triumphant.
Beating the hometown team Maldives, 3-2, PH Azkals now moves to the Finals, a first for the Philippines in the history of AFC Challenge Cup. Azkals will face another mighty team Pakistan on Friday to try to set another history of getting the AFC Challenge Cup Championship and move to the AFC Asian Cup in Austria in 2015.
Azkals’ win today was not an easy task. They lead 2-0 in the early minutes of the 1st half courtesy of Phil Younghusband and Jerry Lucena. But the Maldives team was able to get a run a tie the game in the 2nd half 2-2, thus extending the game with a 30 minute extra time. Thank God, before the extra time ended Chris Greatwhich was able to score another goal for the Philippines giving them a 1-point lead 3-2.
Azkals’ goalie, Rob Mueller was also commendable for the crucial goals of Maldives that he was able intercept.