Final Score: Philippine Azkals 2-1 Afghanistan (September 12, 2023) // FIFA International Friendly Match

The Philippines men's national football team is set to face off against the Afghanistan men's national football team in the FIFA International Friendly Match.

The match will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12 (Philippine Time) at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.

Find out how to watch, live stream or TV channel and game time information for the matchup between the Philippine Azkals and The Lions of Khorasan.

Philippines vs. Afghanistan: Results and Scores

Group A: Philippines vs. Afghanistan Scoreboard (September 12, 2023)
1st Half
0 - 0
2nd Half
74' Rasmussen ⚽
81' Rontini ⚽
2 - 1
64' Popalzay ⚽

In a thrilling friendly match that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Philippine Azkals orchestrated a remarkable second-half comeback to secure victory against Afghanistan.

It was Afghanistan who initially took the lead in the 64th minute when Omid Popalzay found the back of the net, sending shockwaves through the stadium.

However, the Philippines men's national football team refused to be deterred by the early setback. Their comeback began in earnest in the 74th minute when Sebastian Rasmussen showcased his scoring prowess, leveling the score.

The momentum swung firmly in favor of the Philippines, and just seven minutes later, in the 81st minute, Christian Rontini delivered the decisive blow. His goal ignited celebrations among the home crowd and completed the astonishing comeback.

The match served as a valuable test of character for the Azkals. They demonstrated their ability to stay composed under pressure and to rally together as a cohesive unit.

As the final whistle echoed through the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Philippine Team emerged victorious, showcasing their unwavering spirit and their capacity to rise above adversity.

This victory will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration as they continue to prepare for the FIFA World Cup 2026/AFC Asian Cup 2027 Preliminary Joint Qualifiers slated for November 2023.


Watch the game highlights between Philippines men's national football team and Afghanistan men's national football team.

Video from YouTube Channel of The Philippine Football Federation

Preview: Philippines vs. Afghanistan

In a bid to cap off the September FIFA International Match Window with a triumphant display, the Philippine Azkals battle Afghanistan at the iconic Rizal Memorial Stadium.

After securing a 1-1 draw against Chinese Taipei, the Azkals are eager to set the stage for their upcoming challenges, particularly the FIFA World Cup 2026/AFC Asian Cup 2027 Preliminary Joint Qualifiers slated for November 2023.

The Philippines and Afghanistan have crossed paths twice in the past, with both encounters ending in hard-fought draws.

The most recent showdown took place in 2014 during the AFC Challenge Cup, where neither side managed to break the deadlock, resulting in a goalless stalemate. Prior to that, they clashed in the same competition back in 2006, and once again, the outcome was a 1-1 draw.

These historical results emphasize the closely contested nature of this matchup, making it an intriguing encounter for football enthusiasts.