The Philippines Azkals, undermanned and all, were just 10 minutes away from improbably booking a place in the finals and extending their dream run in the AFC Challenge Cup. But in a span of just six minutes, the dream turned into a nightmare as Turkmenistan pounced on some defensive miscues to score twice and stun the Azkals, 2-1, in a tense match in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Turkmenistan was staring at its first-ever loss to the Philippines in international play, having comfortably won the two countries' only other encounter in 2009 by a score of 5-0. A lot has changed since then, and this time the Turkmen needed two late-match goals to salvage the win and advance to the Challenge Cup finals for the second time.
Phil Younghusband had given the Philippines the lead in the 25th minute, heading in a great cross from Paul Mulders for his fourth goal of the tournament as he continued his fine play. Turkmenistan, the winner of Group A, pressed its attack for the rest of the first half in search ofRead More »from Azkals blow late lead in 2-1 loss to Turkmenistan