The Philippine Azkals is in the finals of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup being held in Maldives. Before clinching the finals spot, the Azkals had to pass through a talented Maldives team. The semifinals showdown between the Azkals and Maldives resulted in a 3-2 score in favor of the Philippine team. This is the first time the Philippine Azkals have qualified for a finals match in a major tournament. And this one is important as the eventual champion of the AFC Challenge Cup gets a slot in the AFC Asian Cup.
The players who scored for the Philippine team in the Maldives match are Phil Younghusband, Jerry Lucena and Chris Greatwich. In the finals match, the Philippine Azkals will be facing Palestine.
The win by the Philippine Azkals has trended on social networking sites, as expected. The win was a milestone for the Philippine team so netizens are abuzz about the result. Twitter and Facebook have been flooded with congratulatory messages from Azkals fans, but the best reaction should be expected if and when the team becomes the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup champions.