Considering the quality of their opponent, the final score wasn't all that embarrassing.
Up against a team that played in the last World Cup in South Africa, the Philippine Azkals relied on superb defense to keep the match scoreless for nearly an hour, but eventually North Korea's might proved too much to overcome, and the Koreans came away with a 2-0 win in the AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Koreans, defending champions in this event, stamped their class early on and constantly challenged the Philippine back four of Juan Guirado, Jason Sabio, Ray Jonsson and Carlie De Murga with crisp passing and good possession ball, but were unable to break through in the first half.
They had an excellent chance, though, in the 17th minute when they were rewarded a penalty kick after a Philippine foul inside the box. Pak Song-Chol found the back of the net, sending Neil Etheridge the wrong way, but the referee ordered a retake due to encroachment. This time, Etheridge guessed right andRead More »from Azkals bow to N. Korea, 2-0