Postgame thoughts on the Philippines' terrific win in Doha.
The new Azkals impressed. With Phil Younghusband and Jeff Christiaens unable to start due to injury, Curt Dizon and Daisuke Sato picked up the slack in a big way.
Dizon showed some terrific composure on his opener, controlling Sato's gorgeous pass with with his left foot, and then, just like the coaches tell you to, speared home with an early finish. Perhaps we'd like to see a replay from the side to make absolutely sure it wasn't offside, but a goal is a goal.
Sato showed he is more than capable of filling in for Christiaens. Not only was he involved in the first goal, but I loved what he did in the second half when Gier went in the middle of the pitch and Nepal evaded him and crossed into the box. Sato, all the way over from left back, slid over to the middle and dealt with the cross. This nineteen year-old's football IQ is very good indeed.
Props to James Younghusband for supplying Martin Steuble with the second strike.Read More »from Azkals 3, Nepal 0: fresh faces make a splash