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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Philippines Men's National Soccer Team News

June 16, 2015 - Misagh Bahadoran & Iain Ramsay score in win over Yemen
The Philippine men's national football team topped Yemen, 2-0, in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, June 17 (Manila time) for their second straight victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Misagh Bahadoran, who also scored for the Philippines in their 2-1 victory over Bahrain on June 11, broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute off an assist from Javier Patiño. Azkals newcomer Iain Ramsay of Australia made his formal introduction to Philippine fans in the 74th minute when he slid a shot past the goalkeeper." - Rappler

June 11, 2015 - Misagh Bahadoran & Javier Patino score in win over Bahrain
"The Philippines made a confident start to the second round of joint qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup with a 2-1 home win over Bahrain in Thursday’s Group H curtain raiser at the Philippines Sports Stadium. Neither side could take the initiative in the opening period before substitute Misagh Bahadoran - a 23rd minute replacement for Stephan Schrock - broke the deadlock five minutes after the interval. The home side doubled their advantage ten minutes later through Javier Patino, a two-time Thai Premier League winner with Buriram United prior to his move to Henan Jianye at the turn of the year. Al Hidd midfielder Abdulwahab Al Malood reduced the deficit three minutes into second-half stoppage time but it was too little too late for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers as the Philippines held on for all three points." - AFC

November 25, 2014 - Younghusband, Ott, Steuble & Gier score in win over Indonesia
"Philippines are the first team through to the semi-finals of the 2014 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship after claiming a resounding 4-0 win over Indonesia on Tuesday. The Azkals took the lead at the My Dinh National Stadium in the 16th minute when Phil Younghusband clinically fired home from the penalty spot, after Misagh Bahadoran had been brought down by Firman Utina inside the area. Seven minutes after the break, they doubled their advantage through a stunning strike from Manny Ott, who latched onto Bahadoran’s cutback and sent an unstoppable 20-yard half-volley into the top corner. The game was then all but over eight minutes after the hour mark after Indonesia goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga conceded an indirect freekick inside the box by handling a back-pass; Younghusband immediately slipping the ball to Martin Steuble to slot into the unguarded net before their opponents could regroup.... the Azkals went on to wrap up an emphatic triumph as Rob Gier poked home a fourth goal on the rebound, after his initial header had come back off the post." - AFC

November 22, 2014 - Rota, Younghusband & Reichelt score in win over Laos
"The Philippine Azkals recovered from an early deficit to defeat Laos, 4-1, for a rousing start in the AFF Suzuki Cup  Saturday  night at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. Patrick Reichelt provided the last two goals for the Philippines with his first goal coming in the 77th minute and his last in the 88th minute. Simone Rota delivered the equalizer in the 40th minute after Kampeng Sayavutth gave Laos a 1-0 headstart in the 20th. Phil Younghusband struck the go-ahead goal, 2-1, just before halftime." - Inquirer

November 14, 2014 - Sato, Ott & Younghusband score in win over Cambodia
"The Philippine men’s football team built up its confidence heading into an important tournament as it blanked Cambodia, 3-0, in their friendly on Friday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. In their last match before the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, the Azkals leaned on two-goal lead in the first half to score the shutout. Phil Younghusband delivered as usual, but it was Daisuke Sato and Manny Ott who set the tone for the one-sided result. Sato put the Azkals on the scoreboard 13 minutes into the match when the Filipino-Japanese left-back fired a rocket from more than 30 yards out that grazed Cambodian goalkeeper Sou Yati before going in, sending the partisan crowd into frenzy. Manny Ott doubled the lead five minutes before first-half stoppage time when the Filipino-German midfielder scored off a Phil Younghusband miss for his first international goal as a senior. Younghusband found the back of the net in the second half, sneaking in a goal a minute past stoppage time." - Filipino Football

November 1, 2014 - Greatwich, Younghusband & Hartmann score in win over Nepal
"The Philippine Azkals continued their domination of Nepal on Saturday, registering a 3-0 victory at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The Azkals bucked a slow start, scoring three goals in the second half. It is the third straight shutout for Nepal, who suffered a 4-0 loss in their first meeting against the Philippines in 2011 and a 3-0 result earlier this April. Simon Greatwich put the Philippines on the board at the 49th minute, before Phil Younghusband converted on a penalty kick at the 90th. Mark Hartmann rounded up the scoring with three minutes of extra time added for the 3-0 win." - GMA News

October 12, 2014 - Mark Hartmann scores four in win over Papua New Guinea
"Fil-British midfielder Mark Hartmann scored four goals and the Philippine Azkals hammered out a 5-0 shutout over Papua New Guinea in a friendly at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium Sunday night. Hartmann wasted little time as he started his scoring binge in the 2nd minute before doubling the Philippines’ lead not long after in the 10th minute. 'So happy for me and for the team. Just one of those days where the ball fell for me,' Hartmann said. He scored two more with the last one late in the first half from outside the box. Phil Younghusband was the other Filipino player who scored when he struck one in the 42nd minute. - Inquirer

September 3, 2014 - Hartmann, Gier &Younghusband score in win over Taiwan
"The Philippine national football team dominated their foes Chinese Taipei, 5-1, at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Wednesday, September 3 to book a showdown with Myanmar in the Peace Cup final.... Mark Hartmann scored a brace while Rob Gier and James Younghusband also scored goals. An own goal by Taipei's Chen Yi Wei lifted the Azkals’ tally to 5, while Yen Ho-Shen scored Taipei’s lone goal." - Rappler

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