March 16, 2012 at the Dashrath Rangsala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Azkals’ semifinals game in the 2012 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup: The Green Men beat the Azkals, 2-1.
Starting XI: Goalkeeper – Neil Etheridge; Defenders – Luis Guirado, Carli De Murga, Ray Jonsson, Rob Gier; Midfielders – Chieffy Caligdong, Misagh Bahadoran, Marwin Angeles, Jason De Jong; Forwards – Phil Younghusband, Paul Mulders
Substitutes: Lexton Moy, Roel Gener, Ian Araneta.
‘First Half Summary’
From the first minutes of the game, I felt we looked very promising, mainly because the Green-minded Men had problems retaining the ball on our third of the pitch. Everytime time they launch an attack, things sort of peter out when our defense intercepts the ball. OTOH, we were able to launch quite a number of attacks using our “maligned” long ball tactics.
Paul Mulders again showed his Eredivisie level talent by making that perfect pass to PYH from the right side of the box, with the ball landing straight square into Phil’s head and into the goal. Credit the assist to Mulders, and this time it is an official one. I remember Mulders also make a good pass to PYH from the midfield that resulted in a goal in that friendly in Manila last year against Nepal.