Global FC clawed back from a huge deficit to snatch a 5-3 victory over the Guam national men’s football team in a friendly match Thursday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Matao looked poised to steamroll over the United Football League title contenders after grabbing a 2-1 lead at halftime. They came out roaring in the second half as Zachary Tomas Deville fired a goal in the 47th minute to widen their gap, 3-1.
But Ange Guisso sparked Global to a fiery rally after hitting a goal in the 50th minute. Azkal member Misagh Bahadoran then dished an assist to Carli De Murga in the 65th minute to tie the match at 3-all.
Izo Elhabbib completed the comeback after hitting the net in the 87th minute to finally give Global the lead. Mohammad Ghasemi also scored in the 92nd minute to seal the victory.
An interesting substitution happened in the middle of the match for Global, as De Murga took over the goalkeeping duties after Angel Guirado replaced goalkeeper Jerome Etoundi on the field.
Surprisingly, De Murga, who scored his first international goal with the Azkals against Guam last Tuesday, played excellent as a goalkeeper, keeping a clean sheet for his stint.
Guam is in the country for their week-long training camp in preparation for the East Asian Football Championships in July. They are coming off a 3-0 defeat against the Azkals Tuesday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Matao will also face Stallion Giligan’s FC on June 16 also at the Rizal Stadium.