September 07, 2018 at 08:17 pm
Host Bahrain scored in the final minute and held the Philippines to a 1-all draw in their friendly at the National Stadium in Riffa.
This foiled the Azkals' new beginning under debuting coach Scott Cooper.
Sayed Adnan found the equalizer in the final minute of stoppage time.
The Azkals found a golden opportunity to win after a penalty was awarded when Phil Younghusband was felled in the box.
Younghusband went on to score a goal, his 51st goal for the Philippines.
The first half was evenly contested match, with the visitors showing a glimpse of promise as Manny Ott provided threats numerous times.
Rashid Jamal came close for the hosts seven minutes after the half-hour mark, but his attempt off a counterattack missed the target. Halftime eventually arrived with nothing to separate both squads.
The friendly match served as Cooper’s first time to handle the Azkals as head coach after former mentor Thomas Dooley’s contract was not renewed.
Former England international and captain Terry Butcher did not continue with plans to coach the Azkals.