Azkals vs. Turkmenistan Green Men, March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines for the Azkals’ final Qualifying Game for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup: The Azkals win over the Turmenistani Green Men, 1-0.

Active Azkals Players:
(Goalkeeper) – Roland Mueller
(Defenders) – Rob Gier, Dennis Cagara, Juani Guirado, Carli De Murga
(Midfielders) – Chris Greatwich, Anghel Guirado, Stephan Schrock, Jerry Lucena
(Forwards) – Javier Patino, Phil Younghusband
(Substitutes) – James Younghusband, OJ Porteria

‘Game Summary and Overview’
The game was pretty even in the first half, with both teams having equal chances of scoring goals. I felt the Azkals had the better chances, including Phil hitting the left post after Schrock stole the ball and passed the ball to him right in the first minute. But the Turkmenistanis had more possession and chances in the 2nd half.

Our goal actually was basically mainly due to luck, when Cagara stole the ball off a passing error by a Turkmenistani defender, made a shot that was deflected to Patino which eventually ended up with PYH, our best finisher, made that shot into the goal. If it were not for that lucky goal, the game would’ve ended in a scoreless Draw, or worst, a loss.

It was exciting until the final whistle as Turkmenistan had a number of chances near the end of the game, including one where Mueller spilled the ball off shot, and with a Turkmenistani player nearly getting to it.
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