Azkals destroy hapless Papua New Guinea, 5-nil


The Philippine national men’s football team dominated a hapless Papua New Guinea squad, 5-nil, in an international friendly match Sunday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Mark Hartmann set the Azkals’ home soil on fire after burying all of his four goals in the first half, while Phil Younghusband chipped in one for the victory.

Hartmann opened the floodgates just a few moments after the opening whistle, finding the back of the net at the second minute. He followed it with another goal at the 10th minute, before completing a hat trick after flicking in a dish from Misagh Bahadoran to give the Azkals a 3-nil lead at the 19th minute.

After burying goals, Hartmann flashed his passing skills, this time feeding Younghusband for an easy breakaway goal at the 41st minute for a 4-nil lead.

Hartmann wasn’t finished yet, blasting a shot from outside the box which the goalkeeper couldn’t beat right before the halftime whistle to lift the Filipinos to a 5-nil lead at the break.

The 199th-ranked Papua New Guinea never had a real chance at the goal for the remainder of the second half as the 134th-ranked Azkals’ halftime cushion was enough for the Filipinos to cruise to the easy win.

The Azkals will next face Nepal on October 31 in Doha, Qatar to continue their preparations for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November.

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