Azkals had finally avenged their previous loss against the Turkmenistan Green Men in
2012 AFC Challenge Cup after winning last Tuesday (March 26,2013) the final game of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group E, 1-0, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Both team are scoreless during the first half of their clash though Stephan Schröck, the new recruit, have attempted to score from Phil Younghusband pass but he was blocked by Turkmen defender.
Stephan Schröck continued to press the play and was at the center of everything the Philippines did offensively. Finding Phil Younghusband from the left wing with a low pass, the Philippines’ top scorer could only tamely hit at Alyhanov with his left foot.
Unfortunately for the Philippines’ top international goal scorer with 33, Younghusband got sent off in the 85th minute after getting booked with his second yellow card.hris Greatwich and Rob Gier were also issued with a yellow.(That means those players be unavailable for the first game of the Challenge Cup group stage in 2014)
But the Azkals defense player like Fil-Danish Dennis Cagara maintains held the ground well, making the Turkmens unable to overturn the 1-0 lead, making Azkals victorious and topping the Group E for the first time and qualifies the Philippine Azkals to join the main tournament in Maldives year 2014.
Source: Philstar.com and Daily Inquirer.net