The ushers and security team were very organized. People were made to enter the Rizal Memorial Stadium grounds in batches. Umbrellas were not allowed nor were the DSLR cameras and other sharp objects. I did not bring anything except my regular digicam which later on became my biggest regret and some batteries I bought earlier at the nearby Harrison Plaza.
I was able to get in the bleachers at around 6:15 p.m. I was able to visit the SMART booths and after loading 100 pesos to my Smart Sim, I was given free clappers and a Vuvuzela. There were a lot of food stalls outside selling reasonably cheap burgers and soft drinks.
At around 6:30 p.m. the players in both teams went out of the field to do their warm up. The bleachers started filling up as well. It was not as filled up as the usual matches of the Azkals but the unoccupied gaps were forgivable considering the price of the tickets.
At around 7:30 p.m., the game started after the usual ceremonial entrance and singing of the national anthem. It was an exciting match and at first I though it would be a tight fight too especially after Phil Younghusband scored the first (and only) goal for the Azkals during the first half. But the Galaxies showed why they were champions and increased their score to 6-1.
After the game the crowd was appreciative of both teams. For the fans who were there, it was definitely a moment to remember, watching these football stars, especially Beckham, play the game in front of them. No one expected that this would happen. For a basketball-crazy country, the attention being given to football is definitely beyond the extraordinary.
So even if the Azkals did not win (as expected), the fans were happy and were still proud of the Azkals. Because of their past efforts, they were now being acknowledged and are being recognized by other international teams like Beckham's. I do hope that the attention and support we are giving to football will soon bear fruit. Who knows, maybe Real Madrid or Barcelona will come over to play yet another friendly with out National team. Who knows, right?
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