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After getting shellacked in Thailand, the Philippine national men's football team bounced back strong with a 3-nil victory over Cambodia on Friday at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Fittingly, Azkals star striker Phil Younghusband put the exclamation point by scoring in extra time, giving him the milestone of his 40th international goal.
"We played with confidence," said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, who nonetheless expressed a bit of frustration over the squandered opportunities for the dominant Azkals.
"Obviously, you're never happy when you have so many chances and you only have three goals."
The Azkals, who were coming off a 3-nil humbling from Thailand last week, made sure that there would be no repeat of that. Daisuke Sato opened the scoring, sending home a 75-footer at the 13th minute.
The Philippines continued to dominate, with Younghusband and Misagh Bahadoran both getting chances to score.
Manny Ott finally broke through at the 40th minute, sending in a shot off a rebound from a Younghusband miss to give the Azkals a 2-nil edge.
Cambodia fared better in the second half, threatening to cut the deficit several times. But Patrick Deyto's confident performance between the sticks kept Cambodia from putting up a score.
It was a largely uneventful second half for the Azkals before Younghusband sent a shot over the crossbar at the 89th minute.
Undeterred, he was back at it a few moments later, as he outmuscled a lone defender to send his milestone goal home.
The match is part of both teams' buildup for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which kicks off on November 22. — JST, GMA News