Phil Younghusband fired a sensational goal at the 82nd minute to help the Philippine national men’s football team draw even versus Indonesia, 2-2, and keep alive the Azkals’ chances of making it to the next round of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday at Philippine Sports Stadium.
With the Azkals down 2-1 in the last 10 minutes, the hosts leaned on their No.1 all-time scorer who blasted a powerful strike off a free kick from the top corner that Indonesia’s defensive wall couldn’t contain.
The draw, the Azkals’ second straight in the tournament, put the Filipinos in second place of Group A with two points. They will next face the still-unbeaten Thailand on Friday, while Singapore and Indonesia, both with one point apiece, also tangle in matches that will determine which team will advance to the next round.
The Azkals got off to a bad start after allowing the Indonesians to score an early goal at the seventh minute courtesy of Fachruddin Aryanto who buried a header off a Stefano Lilipaly cross from the left flank.
The Filipinos bounced back at the 31st minute thanks to a nice pass from Stephan Schrock who found a streaking Misagh Bahadoran for a soft touch goal.
The Indonesians regained the lead at the 68th minute after Boas Salossa recovered a teammate’s miss and slotted home a rebound goal.
That spelled doom for the Azkals who couldn’t afford a loss. But after persistent play, they earned a free kick just right outside the box, with Younghusband taking the golden chance for them to nail an equalizer.
The Azkals veteran didn’t disappoint as he made the match-tying goal to force a draw.