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Azkals bounce back, hand Guam 4-1 beating

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Azkals vs Guam highlights (3:08)

Azkals vs Guam highlights (3:08)

The Philippine Azkals bounced back from a campaign opening loss with a 4-1 romp over Guam in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday at the Guam FA Training Center.

The goals came quick and early for the Azkals, with veterans Angel Guirado and Patrick Reichelt netting the Philippines' first two goals within the first 12 minutes of the game.

Guirado latched on to a Stephan Schrock cross to open the scoring, while Reichelt secured a tap-in to double the Azkals' lead.

Despite the early dominance, Guam threatened the Philippine goal on numerous occasions in the first half. Possibly the most dangerous Matao attempt saw a strike careening off Michael Falkesgaard's post midway through the first 45 minutes.

The second half saw the Filipinos on the offensive again, but it was Guam who would get on the scoreboard first after the break. A penalty off a Carlie de Murga foul allowed Marcus Lopez to convert a spot kick to make it 2-1 at the 67th minute.

It didn't take long for the Philippines to strike back, with Schrock dribbling his way from the left wing into the center before blasting a low strike past the Guam keeper just three minutes later.

The Philippines put the game beyond doubt in the 81st minute, with Patrick Strauss netting his first ever international goal off a Mark Hartmann assist to make it 4-1 with only nine minutes left in regulation.

The result sees the Philippines finish the first international window of the qualifiers with three points out of a possible six. The Azkals lost to Syria, 2-5, last September 5 at Panaad and return to action on October 15 when they take on China in the same Bacolod venue.