The Philippines' were dealt an opening day heartbreak by a familiar foe to open their campaign at the AFF U22 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Sunday afternoon.
Vitalij Lux exploded with a hat trick to power Kyrgyz Republic to a 3-1 win over the Philippines in a crucial group C encounter of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, UAE.
They may not be able to bend it quite like David Beckham, but Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines have made an instant impact in their first appearance at the Asian Cup.
Sven-Goran Eriksson began his Philippines reign with a win as his Azkals beat Singapore 1-0 in a Suzuki Cup group match at home Tuesday.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been hired to lead the Philippines' football team following the surprise departure of Three Lions football great Terry Butcher earlier this year.
Neil Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian player to start in a Premier League game, and despite his Cardiff squad losing at Bournemouth, the Azkals keeper made an impression.
The Philippines took one to qualify for the Asian Cup for the first time in the country's history with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Tajikistan in Manila.
With a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup within reach, the Azkals would want their fans to witness history as it unfolds right in front of them.