MANILA, Philippines – It is history.
The Philippine Azkals qualified for the 2019 UAE Asian Cup as they defeated Tajikistan 2-1 on Tuesday, March 27, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium
The Tajiks committed a big foul on Patrick Reichelt that saw captain Phil Younghusband score his 50th international goal off a spot kick that sealed the win for the Philippine Azkals in the 90th minute.
90’- THE MAGIC 50TH INTERNATIONAL GOAL OF PHIL YOUNGHUSBAND! Azkals are now up 2-1. #Azkals #ACQ2019 pic.twitter.com/Kv7evPLAcU— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) March 27, 2018
Hope seemed to falter as Tajikistan was the one who opened the scoring. A hard foul from Kevin Ingreso on Tajikistan captain Davronov Nuriddin awarded Nazarov Aktham a spot kick which he converted to put Tajikistan up 1-0 in the 64th minute.
64’- GOAL TAJIKISTAN! Nazarov takes the spot kick and it found the back of the net. #ACQ2019 #Azkals pic.twitter.com/Q2XSTcZueq— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) March 27, 2018
Ingreso then made up for his blunder in the 73rd minute when he received Iain Ramsay’s cross and made a crucial header that found the back of the net. The match was evened at 1-1.
Azkals sit on top of Group F with 12 points off 3 wins and 3 draws.
In the scoreless first half, the Azkals’ greatest chance came at the 38th minute where Iain Ramsay’s corner found Simone Rota whose attack sailed over the bar.
38’- Ramsay’s corner found Rota but his shot sailed over the bar #ACQ2019 #Azkals pic.twitter.com/1ZchqwdZZX— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) March 27, 2018
The Azkals’ superb defense in the first half managed to repel chances taken by the Tajiks. – Rappler.com
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