Monday, April 28, 2008

Azkals chew up Cebu's best, 6-0

The match that was more than two hours late was worth the wait.

In their first match in Cebu since the national team still donned the tight kits, the Azkals took Cebu's best footballers to school, 6-0, in front of a sizeable crowd at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center.

Though he scored three of the six goals and had an assist on the first, Phil Younghusband showed a bit of rust in his first game in Cebu.  He went left, when a teammate passed right, he was two or three steps behind in some of the passes.

Arnie Pasenabo, who used to play for the Carmen Boys, also had a great game playing the provider from right flank, while another former Carmen boy, Julius Acre had the best chance among both teams from a free kick, with his shot just inches high.

Though they lost 6-0, the Cebu All Stars have nothing to be ashamed about, their defense managed to hold the RP team scoreless in the first 20 to 30 minutes, showing the RP team needs to fine-tune their offense and finishing touches for the AFC Challenge Cup.

The Cebu All Stars keeper was just a year off playing high school football in the Palarong Pambansa.

On the other hand, though the crowd showed their bias for the RP team, they also showed they don't take shenanigans lightly.  After Oliver Colina beat Anton del Rosario with a nifty dribble, del Rosario sent Colina rolling with a hard tackle, earning a few boos from the crowd.

I didn't get to see the second half action, owing to the late start of the match and the need to catch up with office works.  But here's one thing I want.

I want more Azkals vs. Cebu All Stars friendlies in Cebu.

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