Azkals avenge heartbreaker vs. Cambodia with rout of Brunei at home

Jhan-Jhan Melliza celebrates after scoring his first international goal for the Azkals. PFF
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The Philippine Azkals vented ire on Brunei and scored their first win in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup with a 5-1 home win against Brunei on Friday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Kenshiro Daniels, who almost played hero for the Azkals on Tuesday night in Cambodia, opened the scoring with a seventh-minute goal off a one-on-one with Haimie Nyaring.

Sandro Reyes then introduced himself at the first team level with a 12th-minute goal to make it 2-0.

The Azkals then opened the second half with two goals a minute apart, one from Jhan-Jhan Melliza in the 50th minute and another from Jens Rasmussen in the 51st.

Brunei got a consolation goal in the 70th minute with a header from Razimie Ramlli, but Rasmussen put the exclamation point for the Azkals with an 88-minute strike.

Following Indonesia's 2-1 home win against Cambodia earlier Friday, the Azkals, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand, which took a bye on Friday, are now tied on top of Group A with three points each.

Thailand, due to its 6-0 win against Brunei also on Tuesday night, holds the tiebreaker on goal difference, but the Azkals are currently second ahead of their crucial showdown in Bangkok next week.

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