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Philippine Azkals vs Mongolia 2nd Leg


The Philippine National Football team has weathered all challenges as they prepared for the second match against the Mongolian National Football squad.

The Philippine Azkals are to face the Mongolian Blue Wolves on Wednesday, March 15 at the National Sports Stadium, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.  The second face-off is part of the stage match of both teams for the AFC Qualifying match.

During their first meeting, the Philippines won the game 2-0 against Mongolia.  The game was held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City witnessed live by more than 10,000 fans and watched around the world by millions of televiewers.  The first goal was scored by Chieffy Caligdong while the Phil Younghusband sealed the win with a goal at the dying seconds of the match.

One of the biggest challenges for the Azkals, especially for the home-grown players is the freezing temperature in Mongolia.  Their practices in Baguio and Japan were hoped to have conditioned the players to face the harsh temperature come game day.

Unfortunately, three players are going to be missed during the game.  De Jong, Neil Etheridge and Christopher Greatwich would not be around to help the team.  However, the team manager and its head coach are confident that the players are prepared to take home a win.

The Azkals hope to at least score 3 goals during the match in order to advance to the next stage of the AFC Challenge Cup which will be held at Myanmar on March 21-30.

The game is to be aired live on Studio 23 at 12 noon.  Replay will be aired by BALLS at 3 pm and by Studio 23 at 7 pm.

I hope Angel Locsin gave Phil Younghusband a warm hug before the striker left for Mongolia in order to combat the freezing temperature come game day.

Good luck to the Azkals!



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