MANILA (18 Oct 2012) – Philippines fine run over the last few months which included beating former ASEAN champions Singapore and also lifting their first international silverware in more than 50 years, ended this week when they fall 2-1 to Kuwait in Kuwait City.
Coming at the back of a scoreless draw against Bahrain just days earlier, the Philippines were bursting with confidence as they welcome back prodigal sons, the Younghusbands.
With Neil Etheridge at goal, the Kuwaitis threw everything they had in the opening first half before the hosts finally grabbed the lead on 35minute off Bader Al-Mutawa for the score to stand at 1-0 to their advantage.
Right at the hour mark, Phil Younghusband nailed the equaliser from the penalty spot for a handball call against Kuwait. But ten minutes later, Kuwait earned a penalty of their own to hand the Philippines their first loss in their tour of the Middles East.
The Philippines are preparing for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 where they have been placed in Group A against hosts Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.