Azkals Philippine Football Team shocks Vietnam

Azkals Philippine Football Team shocks Vietnam, 2-0, in AFF Suzuki Cup. What makes it shocking is that it is the biggest win in Philippine football history, the Philippines shocked defending champion and host Vietnam, 2-0, Sunday night in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, a major upset that shook up the team standings and placed the hosts in danger of being eliminated.

Being a Football/Soccer Guy, it is a very interesting news and development for a country where football has played second fiddle, or no notice at all. Football in the Philippines have to go against basketball, billiards, boxing, and other prominent sports.

The world if not our neighbors regarded our team as among the weakest in Southeast Asia. The Azkals had to scrape through a qualifying tournament where they drew with Cambodia and Laos, results that were already something of a minor miracle.

They came to Hanoi with very low expectations against a field that included regional powerhouses Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Right in their very first game, though, the team, short on talent but long on grit and determination, served notice that this was a different Philippine team competing, going toe to toe with favored Singapore before finally conceding a goal in the 65th minute. It appeared a loss was imminent until Greatwich struck in the very last minute of injury time.

That draw with Singapore, a team loaded with several naturalized players from Europe and Africa, was the talk of the tournament and was already considered a major achievement for the Philippines. No one among the 30,000 or so Vietnamese spectators in the stadium expected any trouble from the Azkals.

Let us stay tuned on the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup and support our National Team for GLORY!
Azkals Philippine Football Team shocks Vietnam Azkals Philippine Football Team shocks Vietnam Reviewed by Vernon Joseph Go on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 Rating: 5

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