November 15, 2012 at the CCSC Football Field in Cebu City, Philippines for the Azkals’ International Friendly Game against the Singapore Lions: The Azkals beat the Lions, 1-0.
Active Azkals Players:
(Goalkeeper) – Ed Sacapano
(Defenders) – Ray Jonsson, Rob Gier, Juani Guirado, Dennis Christiaens
(Midfielders) – Jason De Jong, Chieffy Caligdong, Demitrius Omphroy, Chris Greatwich
(Forwards) – Patrick Reichelt, Dennis Wolf
(Substitutes) – Phil Younghusband, James Younghusband, Marwin Angeles, Joshua Beloya, Ian Araneta
Singapore definitely came to play and try to win this match. Instead of just trying to hold possession and ending up with lackadaisical attacks in the final third of the pitch like in our previous game against them, this time they were very aggressive. Singapore relied more on their finesse, with pinpoint passing for raids into our box, and accurate shots, either headers or mid-range shots from inside or outside the Penalty area.
What amazed me about this Singapore team are those mid-range shots. Whether if it is off Set Pieces, or half-volleys from outside the box, almost all of them were on target. Its one thing our local Football players lack, you don’t see a lot of those in the UFL, or even with the Azkals. The stats speak for itself: 19 Shots on Goal for them, 13 on Target.
About the only Philippine player I know who can do that consistently is Mark Hartmann, and it looked Singapore had a lot Mark Hartmanns out there on their team.