Despite the rain which started pouring at the newly-renovated facility at the start of the first half until midway through the second, everyone was in high spirits.
Organizers said around fifteen thousand people watched the game. We heard some vuvuzelas at the bleachers. The Kaholeros were in full force.
Some of the game highlights
Early on, Sri Lanka's goalkeeper went down and suffered a slight injury/cut.
There was tight defense on both ends, but the Azkals were more aggressive than the visiting team when it comes to offense. Unlike in Leg 1, spacing among Azkals players were also commendable; it showed that they've learned a lesson from the previous game.
After so many attempts, the Azkals were able to make a goal down 19 minutes in the 1st half. Chieffy Caligdong scored for the Philippines 1-0. Aggregate score was 2-1 in favor of the Azkals. The fans went wild, cheered loudly for the home team.
Stephen Schrock got 2 yellow cards which means he will not be allowed to play in the next game of the Azkals against Kuwait.
Phil Younghusband scored for the Philippines that extended the lead to 2. Cameras captured actress Angel Locsin jumping for joy. Azkals on aggregate was 3-1. Down by two, sports commentators covering the game said the Brave Reds needed more effort to salvage the game.
Angel Guirado scored off a pass from James Younghusband. Azkals led by 3; aggregate 4-1 in favor of the Azkals. Phil Younghusband scored off a penalty kick, Azkals led 4-0; aggregate 5-1 with sixty two minutes gone.
Aly Borromeo picked up a yellow card. He is going to miss the match vs Kuwait. Huge development for the Philippines there. Then Caligdong was feared to be injured, but the referees didn't give the penalty. He went out of the game temporarily at 73 minutes gone. Caligdong checked back in after a while, although he got substituted again 2 minutes after.
James Younghusband and Ian Araneta had several tries each but didn't make them. Eighty six minutes gone. Sri Lankan player got his 2nd yellow card, been given the red. Sri Lanka down to 10 men on the field.
Azkals vs Sri Lanka game result
Final score at fulltime: 4-0; aggregate 5-1. ABS-CBN Sports announced earlier that the Azkals vs Sri Lanka Game 2 replay video will be shown on Studio 23 and BALLS.
The Philippine Azkals will play against Kuwait in the next round. Reports said the away game will be played in Kuwait on July 23, while the home game will take place at the Rizal Stadium on July 28. Kuwait is number 102 in the world football ranking; the Azkals settle at No. 159.
The Azkals dominated Game 2 and had a very excellent performance on Sunday, a great day for Philippine sports. Congratulations!