FT Philippines 2:1 Tajikistan AFC Challenge Cup – The Rise of the Underdog

13 Mar

Okay, just a few hours ago, the do or die match between the Philippines and Tajikistan ended. And obviously, my national team won! Wooohoooo!!!! Yes! On to the semi finals! 🙂 Awesome. I am just very happy.  I wasn’t able to watch the match because I was at work but thank God for Twitter, I got to know the updates from the on going game while I was on my way home.  I almost screamed inside the van after Dyan Castellejo’s tweet on our 2nd goal.

Our striker Phil Younghusband equalized the first goal that the Tajik’s made on the 50th minute, then Angel Guirado‘s header during the last 10 minutes made us a semi-finalist, placing us in 2nd under Group B after North Korea. We now advance to the semi final round to  face Turkmenistan on Friday, while  N.Korea will play Palestine. I am expecting the current AFC Challenge Cup champion N.Korea will be in the finals, but I am also hoping and praying that it’s going to be us who will face them. 🙂

Well, it was game well-played by our team. We started as the underdog of this cup, grouped together with the AFC Challenge Cup champions- N. Korea being the current champ, India – 2008 champ, and Tajikistan – 2006 champ. And the Philippines? This is the first time we qualified in this cup and now, we’re on the semis! Wooohooo!!!

I know, the match on Friday is going to be a tougher one. Turkmenistan looks like a one organized team as well. We have to prepare. I remember, Philippine Azkals manager Dan Palami said in one of his interviews before the tournament that the team’s realistic goal for this cup is to make it to the semi final round, and here we are.

We definitely need to prepare for the match on Friday. It’s not going to be a walk in the park, especially that two of our key players – James Younghusband and Angel Guirado will miss the Friday’s game for the 2nd yellows they got today.

But I just have to say, I’m so proud of my boys! Way to go Azkals!

Here are some pictures from today’s match:

The starting XI (image c/o goalnepal.com)

Phil scored the equalizer goal for the Philippines. (image c/o goalnepal.com)

Angel Guirado who made us a semi-finalist! (image c/o goalnepal.com)

The Philippine Azkals celebrating with the Pinoy crowd in Nepal. (image c/o goalnepal.com)

The boys celebrating after the match!

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3 Responses to “FT Philippines 2:1 Tajikistan AFC Challenge Cup – The Rise of the Underdog”

  1. caloyolano March 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Guirado played very well and he will be missed. Despite being involved in a recent “scandal”, the Fil-Spanish midfielder had his best game for the Azkals.

    http://sportsreaktor.blogspot.com/2012/03/angel-guirado-stars-in-azkals-conquest.html

    Hopefully, the Philippines will beat Palestine even without 3 starters. They have reached their target for the tournament and the Filipino football fans will pray for their continued success.

    • Y March 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Yes I have to agree, Angel did very well in the pitch.

      Palestine? They’re playing Turkmenistan on Friday and it’s N.Korea who will play Palestine. Yes, let’s keep on praying for our team. 🙂

      And thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  2. Y March 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    and guys, thanks for the likes on this post 🙂

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