By FRANCIS SANTIAGOJune 18, 2011, 6:44pmMANILA, Philippines — The national football team showed another glimpse of its attacking might, pounding out a 4-1 drubbing of the Bonner Under-19 squad on Saturday for its second straight friendly match victory in Germany.
Strikers Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong, Fil-German Stephan Schrock and Ian Araneta scored a goal each as the Philippine Azkals, complimenting well with their new Fil-European teammates sustained their impeccable form before an enthusiastic Filipino crowd.
Proving that their 4-1 win against a Duren selection on Wednesday was no fluke, the Azkals immediately took control with a 3-nil lead at the half.
The Azkals are preparing for the first round qualifying tie against Sri Lanka on June 29 in Colombo and July 3 in Manila.
“I want to thank the Filipino community in Germany for the overwhelming support shown when they came in droves to cheer for the Azkals! Salamat po!” team manager Dan Palami tweeted after the victory.
Meanwhile, team officials are making sure that the players know the lyrics of the Philippine national anthem by heart.
In fact, the Azkals will be divided into three groups for a singing contest Saturday night.