THE wolf-like ferocity was finally unleashed on Thursday night.
Denis Wolf, hesitant in his first game, showed aggressiveness this time, notching a hat-trick in powering the Philippine men’s football team to a 5-0 mastery of Macau in the Philippine Football Peace Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Already with two goals in the first half, the 29-year-old Filipino-German striker added insult to injury by scoring one more in the second half as the Azkals notched their most lopsided victory in the last two years.
The national booters came up with the same result against Timor Leste in the 2010 Suzuki Cup qualifying stage.
“I’m very happy he finally found the net,” Azkals coach Michael Weiss said of his starting striker, who blamed pressure for his bungled chances in the past few games.
“There’s always pressure. You just have to get used to it,” said Wolf, who sported a bandage on the left side of his forehead. “Thankfully my teammates helped me a lot.”
Wolf shared the spotlight with Patrick Reichelt and Carli de Murga who scored a goal each for the Azkals, who kept a firm hold on the top spot in the four-nation meet with a total of six points.
Chinese Taipei, which blanked Guam in the first game, 2-0, retained second spot with four points while the Guamanians were dealt their second loss of the three-day tournament to stay at the bottom without a point.
Macau remains in third place with a point to show.
A draw with Chinese Taipei in the final day of the event on Saturday will be enough for the PH booters to secure their first title in 99 years.