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article imagePhilippine Azkals beat Hong Kong 1-0 in friendly match

By Leo Reyes     Jun 4, 2013 in Sports
The Philippine Azkals beat the Hong Kong football team 1-0 in a friendly game held at the Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong Tuesday night.
The win was significant for the Philippine football team as it marked the first time the team won over Hong Kong in at least six FIFA-sanctioned games.
The Azkals and other Asian football teams are preparing for the upcoming 2014 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup competition to be held in Singapore and the 2015 Asian Nations Cup to be held in Australia.
James Younghusband scored the lone goal for the Philippines while Azkals' goalkeeper Neil Etheridge defended the hard earned goal by effectively blocking multiple attempts by the Hong Kong team for an equalizer and possible lead.
Etheridge and Younghusband were ably supported by skipper Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband, Stephan Schröck, Chris Greatwich, Rob Gier, Jeffrey Christiaens, Carli De Murga, Paul Mulders, and Juani Guirado.
According to ABS-CBN News the Hong Kong team had 18 shots with seven on target while the Azkals had only seven shots with just two on target.
The Azkals have made significant progress in the AFF Suzuki Cup competition with their entry into the 2010 and 2012 semi finals, finishing fourth place overall.
For its part, Philippines has sent a bid to host the 2016 Suzuki Cup, with the new Philippine Stadium in Bulacan, which will be finished next year, eyed as a possible venue, interaksyon.com writes.
Hong Kong's loss was the team's first this year after winning over Vietnam 1-0 and ending with a draw against Uzbekistan.
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