THIRD time’s the charm indeed for the Philippines as it nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night in the Azkals’ last friendly before the Suzuki Cup.
Misagh Bahadoran came in the second half and provided the spark after plenty of dull moments, scoring the lone goal that mattered and resulted in the win after two straight losses in their friendlies.
It was a morale-boosting win over higher-ranked opponent for the Filipino booters less than two weeks before the Suzuki Cup kicks off on November 19.
“It’s a work in progress, but I like the way we’re headed,” Azkals manager Dan Palami said. “We’re peaking at the right time.”
After giving the visitors little threat in the first half, the Azkals turned it up a notch after intermission and were rewarded when Bahadoran conspired with Iain Ramsay and finished with his left foot that unlocked the Kyrgyzstani defense.
The Global FC star thus replicated this scoring effort in the Azkals’ 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in their friendly in Bishkek last September.