From the bottom eight to the top three.
The Philippine Azkals capped a stirring AFC Challenge Cup run with a 4-3 win over Palestine in their playoff for third place, securing the country's highest-ever finish in a FIFA-AFC tournament.
Phil Younghusband scored twice while brothers Angel and Luis Guirado added a goal each in a high-scoring affair between the two sides, a stark contrast to the goalless draw they produced in the qualifying round in Myanmar last year.
Coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Turkmenistan in the semifinals last Friday, the Azkals took it to Al Fursan right from the opening whistle, with captain Chieffy Caligdong's header in the third minute immediately challenging Palestinian keeper Ramzi Saleh. Barely a minute later, a Caligdong pass found Younghusband, who dribbled his way through two defenders and launched a left-footed strike from close range that Saleh was unable to stop.
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