The Philippine national football squad, the Philippine Azkals surprised the powerhouse football team, North Korea with a 3-2 triumph in the hotly-contested World Cup Qualifier.
The Philippine Azkals presented a really remarkable overall performance deserving to be labeled magnificent football game as they toppled a nation which took part the World Cup just six years ago.
In the Tuesday night’s game at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, the Azkals displayed their hard-nosed, no-nonsense defense with a sparkle seldom found on Azkals strike and made a couple goals in the final 10 minutes of the match to stun the visiting North Korean squad.
Fil-Aussie footballer Iain Ramsay scored the winning goal in the 90th minute right after Manny Ott and also Misagh Bahadoran have scored the first two goals for the Philippine Azkals, while Fil-British goalkeeper Neil Etheridge hindered the offensive attack of the North Korean. The Azkals scored their third triumph in the World Cup Qualifier and concluded the contest with 10 points.
Though the Philippine Azkals will fail to see the World Cup following a poor run of results, their success over the North Koreans is an obvious indications that the Philippine Azkals is a team to beat in the 24-nation Asian Cup which is to be held in 2019. The Philippines is currently third in positioning just lurking behind the league leader North Korea and Uzbekistan.
The North Koreans, regarded as one of the top teams in the World Cup Qualifier will march to another round of the World Cup Qualifier and the remaining clubs will attempt to go in the 24-nation Asian Cup scheduled in 2019.