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Philippine Azkals post ugly win against Timor Leste, 3-2

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By Erel Cabatbat

A Carlie De Murga header in the 68th minute proved to be the deciding goal as the Philippine Azkals beat Timor Leste, 3-2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It was the Philippines’ second consecutive win in Group B of the 2018 Suzuki Cup. While it was a victory, it was also a disappointing result from the Azkals expected to rout a team which barely qualified in the tournament.

Phil Younghusband opened the scoring for the Azkals in the 27th minute as he netted his 52nd goal for flag and country.

Martin Steuble doubled the lead with a long range strike that surprisingly went all the way to the net five minutes.

The first half ended with the Philippines up 2-0.

De Murga made it 3-0 with a header off a Kevin Ingreso free kick.

Just when it appeared the game is all over, Timor Leste roared back with two quick goals.

In the 73rd minute, Paul Mulders fouled Nelson in the box to give Timor Leste a penalty kick.

Nataniel Reis didn’t waste the opportunity by sending Azkals’ goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard the wrong way to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later, Joao Pedro pounced on another defensive lapse by the Azkals to take another goal back from the Azkals.

The Philippines managed to hang on to the lead to gain the full three points -and remain in second place behind Thailand in group B.

The team dedicated the game to long-time fan and photographer Vhonne Servinda who passed away due to cancer early this morning.