Friday, November 11, 2011

Philippine Azkals Jr. Grab First Win at SEAG 2011; Joshua Beloya Leads The Victory

The U23 Azkals fought back from a goal down, scored twice and won their first points of the 26th SEA Games in Jakarta Friday.

Substitute Joshua Beloya struck twice inside the final four minutes as the Philippines kept its flickering semifinal hopes alive after a pulsating 3-2 win over Laos Friday night at the Lebak Bulus Stadium in Jakarta.

The Bacolod-based Beloya, who grew up in Switzerland, scored on a tap-in in the 90th minute before completing the fightback with a clinical finish three minutes into injury time as the Under-23 Azkals registered their first victory of the tournament after back-to-back losses.

With the victory, the Azkals still have an outside chance of making the semifinals with three points, although they would need to beat Myanmar and Brunei in their remaining matches and hope that a confluence of events like Vietnam losing to Brunei and Myanmar and Timor Leste play to a draw to advance to the medal round. The Azkals also hope that Laos beats Timor Leste.

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