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    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Philippine Azkals Wins Over Mongolia And Proceeds In 2nd Round Against Myanmar In AFC Challenge Cup 2011

    The Philippine Azkals won in the first leg of their 2 leg match against the Mongolia Blue Wolves. The score in the first leg was 2-0 in favor of the Azkals. This score played a big role in the aggregate point system of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying games against Mongolia.

    In the second leg Mongolia had an easier time in making goals against the Azkals because Neil Etheridge was not with the Azkals because of his prior commitment to his professional team in Europe known as Fulham which is a team in the English Premier League. His replacement was Eduard Sacapano, a 30- year old goal keeper from the Philippine Army. Salacano did his best to stop the Mongolian hitters but he failed to fully stop them.

    In the second leg, Mogolia was at match point and they went on to beat the Azkals with the score of 2-1.

    The good thing for the Azkals was the presence of the aggregate point system wherein their 2 to 0 win in the first leg will be carried over and added to their score in the second leg. All in all the total score will be 3 points for them and only 2 points for Mongolia. The Philippine Azkals will still win their 2-game series qualifying round against Mongolia. Technically speaking the Azkals will face Myanmar and they will continue their quest in bringing back the lost glory of the Philippines in the world of Asian football.

    The most telling scene in the second game happened in just about 10 minutes before stoppage time, an oldster Mongolian fan threw a red bandana to Chiefy Caligdong when he was burning the clock. This symbolizes Mongolia's disgust and failure to win the series against the Philippines.

    Again, Philippines lost in the second leg or second game but they will still be the ones who will advance in the next round to face Myanmar because of the aggregate point system. Congratulations Azkals. Play better and wiser next time. Myanmar here we come. See you next week.

    Here is the video of Leg 2:

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