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Azkals end glorious AFF Suzuki Cup run

The Azkals lose to the Merah Putih, 0-1.

Cristian Gonzales’ accurate shot at the 43rd minute spelled the difference between victory and defeat. The Uruguayan-born striker made the stellar shot after several tantalizingly close attempts. The Philippines’ prolific goalkeeper, Neil Etheridge, did the best he could to stop the powerful volley from hitting the back of the net.

To quote the words of a college friend and football fan, RJ Jalijali, even Iker Casillas couldn’t stop that shot.

Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

All game long, the Indonesians had more chances at goal. The Philippine defense was relatively more porous this time, with the Indonesians having quite a few close shaves. A combination of sheer luck and superb goal keeping kept the deficit from growing any further.

We had our chances though. Chris Greatwich, who owns 2 of the Philippines’ 3 goals this tournament, had a couple of missed opportunities. The New Jersey-based striker almost equalized with a header that landed on top of the net.

Nevertheless, it was a great run for the Azkals. Let’s just hope that all these new-found attention showered upon our national football team will not turn out to be mere flashes in the pan.

The magnificent Azkals run had piqued my interest on the beautiful game. I am still not a football fan though. I probably never will be. But I am definitely watching the next Azkals game aired on TV (whenever that is) – for flag and country.

There are just some things that transcend personal preferences.

Video credit:

meriamsijagurtube

AFF Suzuki Cup Semis: Indonesia takes Game 1

I missed the Azkals – Merah Putih game last night because of the company Christmas party. Thank heavens for instant uploads to Youtube.

I can hardly imagine the atmosphere in that gargantuan stadium – with the sea of red and white football-mad Indonesians. The sight of red fireworks amidst the 80,000-strong crowd was stunning.

Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup website

Read the Inquirer’s report on the game here

Read the post-game article from the AFF Suzuki Cup site here

Nevertheless, it was a relatively respectable result with the Philippines losing to Indonesia 0-1. It’s certainly a far cry the 0-13 shellacking in 2003 (or was it 2002?). Indonesia’s Uruguay-born striker Cristian Gonzales in the 34th minute, on a defensive lapse by Neil Etheridge. The Philippines’ Phil Younghusband failed to capitalize on some near misses.

Video credit:

sl1pers

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