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INTERNATIONALS: ETHERIDGE SAVES PENALTY IN AZKALS WIN

7 September 2016

Keeper stars in surprise friendly victory...

NEIL ETHERIDGE - THE PHILIPPINES

Saddlers goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved a last-minute penalty to earn the Philippines a shock 2-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan in an international friendly. 

The 26-year-old impressed throughout, making a string of fine saves on what his 52nd appearance for the Azkals. 

Kevin Ingreso put the Philippines ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Misagh Bahadoran doubled their advantage early in the second half. 

The hosts pulled one back through Vitalj Lux, who then had the chance to equalise, but his 89th-minute spot-kick was superbly parried by the inspired Etheridge.

Salamat to all the supporters that stayed up and watched the game on the live stream.Was a great victory that the team deserved #Azkals#NE1

— Neil Etheridge (@Neil38Etheridge) 6 September 2016

ANDREAS MAKRIS 

Walsall’s club-record signing Andreas Makris came on as a late substitute in Cyprus’ 3-0 home defeat to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium in their opening Group H World Cup qualifying match. 

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored two headers, while Yannick Carrasco was also on target, in a comfortable win for the Red Devils. 

It was also ex-Saddler Martinez’s first victory since being appointed Belgium manager.

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