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Philippine Azkals clinch historic Asian Cup berth

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

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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