Philippine Azkals lose to German booters
(SPOT.ph) The Philippine national football team or "Azkals" suffered their first defeat in the series of matches in Germany on Wednesday, June 22, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. They lost to the German second division side FC Ingolstadt with a final score of 4-0.
After winning against Duren and Bonner SC Under-19, the Azkals had trouble with the more experienced Ingolstadt, which boasted of US 2010 World Cup player Edson Buddle. Though midfielder Paul Mulders made his Azkals debut, Stephan Schrock, Jerry Lucena, and Ray Jonsson's absence was evident. The three had duties to their other football clubs. Azkals striker Phil Younghusband said "We knew it was going to be difficult from the start and it was." He added that the opposing team had been playing together for a year while the Azkals have yet to play with a complete lineup.
Meanwhile, Azkals captain Aly Borromeo remained optimistic. "The morale is still good because we learned lessons from the loss." He added, "We played against an experienced side that dominated the second division last year. We can only gain from this and look to get better."
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge acknowledged Ingolstadt's abilities and said, "They were good. We just made some individual mistakes that proved costly." According to Inquirer, Etheridge made a rare mistake in the 31st minute, unable to handle a back pass leading to an own goal. The Azkals' game improved in the second half when Ingolstadt changed their lineup to second-string players.
The Azkals' last game in Germany is today, against the third division side Darmstadt. They will fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka, after for the first leg of their World Cup qualifying duel on June 29.
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