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    PH Azkals complete group sweep after one-goal win over host Bangladesh

    Oct 5, 2018

    THE Philippine Azkals pulled off a 1-0 victory over a gritty and stubborn Bangladesh side to complete a sweep of Group B in the 2018 Bangabandhu Gold Cup on Friday night at the Sylhet District Stadium.

    The Philippine Azkals shook off a rabid home crowd of Bangladesh to make a lead built on Kenshiro Daniels’ first-half goal stand and avoid a late meltdown, thanks to big saves from goalkeeper Louie Mike Casas.

    Riding on the crest of a 3-1 victory over Laos last Wednesday, the Azkals heads to the next round on October 9 unbeaten in Group B. They will face the No. 2 team from Group A, which could either be Palestine and Nepal.

    Daniels drew the first blood as he connected with Misagh Bahadoran for a precarious 1-0 lead in the 24th, which the Azkals failed to double the whole game but managed to preserve through their defense.

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    The Bangladeshis threatened in the last 20 minutes but their header in the 70th-minute mark went off the mark and another shot was stopped by Casas in the 73rd.

    Daniels was stretchered off the match after a bad collision with a Bangladeshi in the 84th a minute before Casas made another save.

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