Final whistle 2-1, a Kuwaiti win. The Middle Eastern eliminated the Azkals in their home turf 5-1 on aggregate to move on to the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The question remains, what will become of the Azkals now that it will take years of growing pains to become competitive enough for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Stephan Schrock may have scored a goal by half-time and things were looking good when Kuwait were down to ten men after a defender was sent off for a vicious tackle on Chieffy Caligdong. Unfortunately, they scored two more goals to end the Philippines misery on international competitions. Remember, Kuwait is a higher ranked team with tons of international experience. As mentioned in the previous blog, they were the only team to win a game in Australia so it is not surprising that they can manage to win on the road.
It is unfortunate that some Filipino "fans" are crabby enough to blame others for the Azkals failure. Of course, we want our team to win but we have to understand that there are teams better than us. We lost to a better team whether we like it or not! We simply crumbled in intense pressure.
Is it the end of the Azkal mania? I hope not. Do we have to end our World Cup dreams completely? Definitely not. As Manny Pacquiao would sum it up, "Aray n'yo, galing ko!"