Azkals make history, advance to AFC Asian Cup

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  • PHIL Younghusband scored on a penalty kick in the one-minute extra time, sending the Philippine Azkals to a 2-1 win over Tajikistan on Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Field.

    It was a historic moment for the Azkals as they hurdled their last assignment  in  Group F of the Asian Football Confederation  Asian Cup 2019 qualifier.

    The Azkals advanced to the tournament proper, which will be held at the United Arab Emirates from Jan. 1 to Feb. 5, 2019.

    Younghusband connected on his penalty shot from 15 meters after he was fouled by Ergashev Davronjon, sending a crowd 4,671 paying fans in a cheering frenzy.

    Tajikistan drew first blood when it struck with its first goal in the 64th minute.

    And that’s when Nazarove Akhtam hit a penalty shot that was awarded to him after he got pushed by Misagh Bahadoran.

    The Azkals finished on top of Group F with a 3-3-0 win-draw-record, with Yemen getting the second seat with its 1-4-0 slate.

    Tajikistan got eliminated with its third loss against 2 victories and a draw, while Nepal was last with their 0-2-3 card.

    The Azkals reached the tournament proper with India and Kyrgystan in Group A, alongside Lebanon and North Korea in Group B.

    Jordan and Vietnam took the Group C slots, while Palestine and Oman made it in Group D. Bahrain and Turkmenistan also earned a berth from Group E.

    P. Atencio, MS

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