Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on top

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Yemenis proved dangerous on the counter-attack as they exploited the Azkals’ inability to recover defensively off set pieces.Defender Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd of close to 3,000 at Panaad.Phil leveled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out—a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter-attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari.James forged another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Philippine Azkals  Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netBACOLOD CITY—The Philippines picked a precious point after fighting back from a goal down twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen, Tuesday night in the Asian Cup qualifier at Panaad Stadium here.Brothers Phil and James Younghusband made a memorable return to the stadium where they made their international debuts 12 years ago, scoring in each half as the Azkals stayed on top of the group with seven points, two ahead of the Yemenis, whom they will face on Oct. 10 in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It was a bittersweet result for the brothers in particular as they took delight in the goals they scored, yet felt a tinge of disappointment over their inability to pick up maximum points against a team that struggled to even reach this bustling city.“We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGoalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who produced some spectacular saves at the start of the match and late in stoppage time shared Younghusband’s sentiments.“Slightly disappointed but we need to take the positives out of the game,” said Etheridge. “It’s a draw. It’s not a loss and we keep a good unbeaten record going and we look forward to the next game in Doha next month.” NCAA bans Bolick, 3 others for fracas View commentslast_img read more

Rain or Shine forces Game 7

first_imgMOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Both teams were tied at 62 entering the fourth before Nambatac went on a three-point barrage—just a game after the Painters lost Game 5 because, according to Garcia, they took too many three-point shots.By the time the former Letran star hit his last triple, Rain or Shine was up, 83-71, 3:54 to play.Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang tried to revive Magnolia in the stretch but Rain or Shine kept finding answers. The Hotshots were within nine and forced the Painters to an empty possession for a chance to cut the lead, but Yap picked up the loose ball and stuck a reverse to make it 90-79.“[Going] into Game 7, we just have to do the same,” Garcia said of their sudden-death match scheduled on Sunday at MOA Arena in Pasay.“We just have to give it our all,” Nambatac said of that game.ADVERTISEMENT Will a repaired super foe be OK with Pacquiao? LATEST STORIES Rey Nambatac keyed the victory when he waxed hot at the perfect moment, torching the nets with four triples in the fourth to help the Painters pull away even as James Yap capped a steady performance with a putback that ended the Hotshots’ run of success at Ynares Center here.“I told them to not think about whatever happens and asked each one of them to play their game and stay relaxed,” Garcia added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe ploy worked.Yap and Nambatac chipped in 16 points each while Beau Belga added 15 for Rain or Shine, which also got a boost from Jewel Ponferrada, who came up with a glittering performance in the third quarter to keep the Painters in the thick of things en route to 11 points off the bench. “But,” Garcia warned, “Magnolia, coming into such situation, has much more experience. We just have to trust each other.”Rain or Shine ended Magnolia’s eight-game streak at Ynares Center, where they were crowned Governor’s Cup champions last December. The Hotshots’ last loss here came on Sept. 17, 2017, against TNT.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid James Yap with another reliable performance for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—In a game where their foes kept trying to stick the dagger to their necks, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters fought off elimination by having some good ol’ fun.“I just told the players to enjoy this game, to keep it simple and it worked,” said coach Caloy Garcia on Friday night after Rain or Shine forged a 91-81 Game 6 victory over Magnolia that stretched their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series to a Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more