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article imagePhilippine Azkals beat Turkmenistan 2-0 in AFC Challenge Cup

By Leo Reyes     May 24, 2014 in Sports
The Philippine Azkals earned a semi-final slot in the on-going AFC Challenge Cup tournament in Maldives after beating the highly-rated Turkmenistan National Football Team in Male, Maldives Saturday night.
The Azkals needed only a draw against Turkmenistan to qualify in the semi-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup but the spirited team sunk in two completed goals for the lead in the Group B competition.
Comebacking Phil Younghusband, who was sidelined in the team's battle against Laos last Thursday due to rules violation, scored in a free kick in the 48th minute to give the Azkals a lead in the first half.
Patrick Reichelt added his flawlessly executed goal in the 72nd minute to zeal the Azkals' place in the semi-finals with a total score of seven points followed by Afghanistan with six points.
There are eight teams competing at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup divided into two groupings with Group A composed of Maldives, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine and Myanmar while Group B includes the Philippines, Afghanistan, Laos and Turkmenistan.
The eight teams were drawn from the 20 teams that figured in the elimination games as group winners last year.
The Azkals will face host Maldives on Tuesday, May 27.
With the win, the Azkals keep its hope alive for a place in the prestigious Asian Cup in Australia next year.
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