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AFC Challenge Cup

  • 16 March 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu
  • Referee: Hyung-Jin Ko
  • • Attendance: 500

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 6'
    FULL-TIME: Turkmenistan 2-1 Philippines: The finalists of the last edition have won their semi-final against the Azkals. Disappointing for Weiss' side as they lead for most of the match. Ciao for now...
  • 90' + 4'
    de Murga is filling in the shoes of Etheridge for the final few minutes
  • 90' + 2'
    Red Card N. Etheridge
  • 90' + 2'
    RED CARD! Neil Etheridge has been sent-off by the referee and his run in the competition comes to an end. There seems to be an incident involving him and Garhyman.
  • 90'
    The writing seems to be on the wall for the Azkals. Looks like their dream run in the competition could end. Four more minutes for them
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Carli de Murga
  • 87'
    Can the Azkals find a way back? It seems difficult given that they aren't having any possession. It's Turkmenistan all the way
  • 86'
    Goal Gahrymanberdy Chonkaev
    GOAL GOAL! Gahryman scores at last! His second goal of the tournament! He twists and turns from the right and slots the ball into the far post with Etheridge beaten. What a goal! 2-1 to Turkmenistan
  • 86'
    Philippines have paid the price of being overly defensive in their tactics...They aren't able to keep the ball
  • 83'
    The patience has paid off for the Turks as they are now back in the hunt for a place in the finals...Can we have a winner in the final seven minutes?
  • 81'
    A Philippines fan on Twiiter: Ooft! Quite a strike from Amanov equalises for Turkenistan. Can the #Azkals hold out for penalties?
  • 80'
    Goal Arslanmyrat Amanov
    GOAL GOAL! Arslanmyrat Amanow shoots from just outside the box and Neil Etheridge is beaten. Game On! 1-1
  • 79'
    Guwanç Abylow is in good space but the substitute sends the ball into the orbit instead of delivering a cross
  • 78'
    Ruslan takes too long to unleash a shot and the Philippines seize the ball from him.
  • 76'
    Younghusband runs along the line and is almost in the box when Şöhrat Soyunow fouls him. Surprisingly the referee chooses not to award a free-kick
  • 76'
    TOP SHOT! de Jong responds to Weiss' criticisms as Jonsson's pull back sees the number 17's shot being parried away by Alyhanov
  • 75'
    Younghusband is the top scorer in this edition of the Challenge Cup with four goals to his name
  • 71'
    Weiss isn't too pleased with de Jong as he is blasting him to up his game
  • 70'
    Is 1-0 a lead too slender? Certainly but it seems to work for Philippines...
  • 69'
    SubstitutionEmelio Caligdong Roel Gener
  • 69'
    Turkmenistan were the finalists of the last edition of the Challenge Cup...Them going out of the semi-finals would surely be another shock result we have seen so far in Nepal
  • 68'
    Caligdong is through on the left and his cross sees de Jong's shot go wide under pressure.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionElman Tagayev Guvanch Abylov
  • 67'
    SubstitutionMisagh Bahadoran Lexton de la Cruz Moy
  • 67'
    The two coaches make their substitutions...
  • 65'
    Elman cuts inside from the left and his shot is well saved by Etheridge.
  • 62'
    Guirado fouls Elman and free-kick for Turkmenistan in a dangerous spot. The ensuing free-kick goes over the bar
  • 61'
    Younghusband's free-kick hits the wall.and another offside decision against the Azkals...
  • 60'
    SubstitutionBagtyyar Hojaahmedow Berdy Shamuradov
  • 59'
    The right-back, Annaorazov Serdar, attempts a long shot which is easily collected by Etheridge
  • 57'
    Caligdong surges into the box and pulls the ball back for de Jong whose shot is well collected by Alyhanov.
  • 56'
    Ruslan wins a corner-kick for Turkmenistan. conceded by Jonsson. Poor effort from the flag-kick
  • 55'
    Younghusband hasn't seen much of the ball in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
  • 52'
    Weiss can be overheard. He is asking his team to keep the ball and not just rely on the counters
  • 50'
    Ruslan wastes an opportunity as he shoots the ball over the bar after being found in space.
  • 48'
    Yellow Card Astanov Umidjan
  • 48'
    Yellow card for Umijan Astanow for his tackle on Caligdong
  • 47'
    Philippines look more composed now though they aren't seeing much of the ball
  • 46'
    Turkmenistan kickoff the proceedings in the second half...
  • HALF-TIME: Turkmenistan 0-1 Philippines...Younghusband has given the Azkals the lead. Can they hold onto it?
  • 45'
    GOAL but flagged offside! From a free-kick, Şöhrat Soyunow flicks it to find the back of the net but the celebrations are cut short with the linesman raising his flag
  • 44'
    Can Turkmenistan find an equaliser before the break?
  • 42'
    CLOSE! Gahryman is through on goal but Neil Etheridge does well to come off his line to deny the winger...
  • 41'
    WHAT A WASTE! Turkmenistan do well to find their way into the box and Arslanmyrat fluffs his shot with the open goal in front of him with the final touch being off Gahryman
  • 40'
    And this time Rejepov fails to keep the ball in the Philippines half...Poor stuff from the Turkmenistan
  • 38'
    SubstitutionAhmet Atayev Shokhrat Soyunov
  • 38'
    Surprisingly Ahmet Ataýev is taken off for Şöhrat Soyunow
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Misagh Bahadoran
  • 36'
    Philippines have certainly been the better of the two teams so far.
  • 33'
    Alyhanov keeps the Turks in the match as he first palms a stinging shot and thereafter from a corner-kick make a save from handshaking distance
  • 31'
    Rob Geir saves the danger as he clears the inswinging free-kick from Turkmenistan
  • 30'
    OFF THE CROSSBAR! Turkmenistan launch an attack of their own and from the left, Gahryman's shot comes off the crossbar after the goalkeeper Etheridge was beaten
  • 29'
    The Philippines bench is seen smiling as everything seems to be going their way
  • 26'
    Goal Philip Younghusband
    GOAL GOAL GOAL! Younghusband scores! Paul Mulders sends in a brilliant cross from the right which the onrushing Younghusband chests it down to score the opener...
  • 26'
    CLOSE! Juan Luis Guirado's throw-in sees Younghusband volley it just wide...Turkmenistan defenders are caught napping
  • 22'
    Turkmenistan win a corner-kick...the delivery isn't the best and Philippines clear their lines
  • 19'
    Younghusband believes that he was held back by Rejepov but the referee turns a deaf ear
  • 18'
    Mahadoran makes another of those pacy runs on the right but Atyev remains a stumbling block
  • 16'
    GOOD STUFF! Younghusband beats at least three Turkmenistan shirts and enforces a save off Alyhanov
  • 15'
    Younghusband almost finds a way through but he can't get the ball past Atyev Ahmet
  • 14'
    Another offside against the Azkals and coach Weiss isn't pleased. He makes his displeasure known to the linesman.
  • 12'
    Younghusband's free-kick is disappointing and off another attacking move initiated, the number 10 is flagged offside by the referee's assistant
  • 10'
    Jason de Jong makes a brilliant run from the midfield as he attempts to hold the long searching ball. However the Turkmenistan defender keeps a close eye on him and danger averted
  • 8'
    CLOSE! Younghusband misses the target by not much as he shoot from around 20 yards or so. Alyhanov Rahmanberdi stays glues to his position....
  • 6'
    Michael Weiss isn't pleased as this time it's Phillipp Younghusband straying offside
  • 5'
    Another offside against the Azkals. This time the guilty party being Misagh Bahadoran
  • 4'
    Turkmenistan are enjoying some good possession in the early stages of the match. Seems they have settled much better into the semis
  • 2'
    Offside against Philippines as they try to string together a move
  • 1'
    Turkmenistan win a corner-kick in the very first minute. Easily cleared by the Azkals
  • 1'
    And here we go!
  • Philippines have made three changes to their starting line-up from the last match against Tajikistan
  • The Azkals will be without ames Younghusband and Angel Guirado, who picked two yellow cards in the group stage
  • Philippines, on the other hand, recovered well from the 2-0 defeat to DPR Korea and went on to beat India and Tajikistan to finish runners-up in group B
  • Turkmenistan had a comparatively easy way through winning two of their group stage matches against Maldives and Nepal with comprehensive margins besides a goalless draw with Palestine whom they led on goal difference in Group A.
  • Welcome to's Live match centre as we bring to you live updates from the first semi-final between Turkmenistan and Philippines.