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.
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.