Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Philippines Azkals vs Indonesia

A draw score of 2-2 game between Philippine Azkals and Indonesia in FIFA International Friendly Match last June 5, 2012 at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.

After the match ended in a 2-2 draw, team Azkals coach Weiss said he was content with the result as the quality of the team has clearly improved.

First Half

Philippine Azkals dominated the first half even though it was scoreless, Azkals were on the track and advantage on the ball possession, 70 percent and in Indonesia is 30 percent .It surprising that Philippines are playing home and ranked higher (149th) while Indonesia (151th) in FIFA's list World Ranking. I can see the future that Philippine Azkals are improving and will be number one in Asia.

Coach Michael Hans Weiss names his starting lineup for the team Azkals against Indonesia starting with

Goalkeeper: Roland Muller

Defenders: Jason Sabio, Rob Gier, Dennis Caraga, Carli de Murga

Midfielders: Angel Guirado, Marwin Angeles, Manny Ott, Chieffy Caligdong (Tean Captain), Paul Mulders

Striker: Dennis Wolf

Coach Michael Weiss used an experimental lineup without the veteran players Phil and James Younghusband, Goal Keeper Neil Etheridge. He was testing the starting 11 for reason that he is giving other players a chance to play. Using a 4-5-1 formation and with Dennis Wolf as a tip of the Philippines attacking squad, the ball possession dominated by team Azkals and allow them to attempt scores several chances.

Second Half

Team Azkals were clearly more aggressive in attack but the team defense lapse in the 57th minute penetrating Novan Setia(Indonesia) to the Azkals penalty box and make an accurate cross pass to Patrick Wanggai to head in the 1st goal of the match beating GK Neil Etheridge. 

Indonesian supporters wearing Reds

Still Azkals scored the equalizer after a minute by James Younghusband came from a loose ball from Indonesian defense blocked by Angel Guirado.

Indonesia scored on the 62 minute a quick goal by Ifram Bachim after a failed corner kick attemp by Azkals.

On the 82 minutes of the game, 3 red cards are given in near-scuffle incident involving Caligdong, Manny Ott and Irfan. Good that no punches are thrown and Coach Weiss to the rescue and other event security personnel. Leaving 9 versus 10 players betting the team Indonesia will take advantage to the rest of the minutes remaining.

 security to the rescue

Stoppage time 

Chieffy Caligdong was out after red card

Manny Ott removes his shirt after he was given a red card

All bets are off after Azkals 2nd goal by Phil Younghusband on the 84th minute by an accurate cross pass by Cagara. A decent result for the Philippines of a score 2-2 Fulltime with Indonesia. The game was great and our Team Philippines Azkals are improving all the time.

 Full Time

Whatever happens fair play will prevails and it will play by the rule! That's the essence of Football game.

Congratulations Team Azkals

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