MEMBERS of the Homeless World Cup Team Philippines will arrive in Manila on Thursday, September 30, with rejoicing hearts after defeating Norway, 4-3, winning the Host Cup Finals during the 2010 Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janero, Brazil.
The RP squad had the first shot at the goal but Norway had a better look by scoring a 1-0 lead. That was first time in the nationals' last seven games not to open the scoring.
Norway controlled the game's momentum with its hard charging physical play, taking advantage of their size and strength which downed RP's leading scorer and defender Hammid Pasion with a serious ankle injury.
Pasion's injury has seriously affected the nationals rotation however has proven that they are a team as teammates Leopoldo Aragon, Abdula Pasion, and Toni Mark Arenal scored consecutive goals to give the country a 3-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, Bacoleño Aragon anchored the team's effort to control the game as Norway scored on a penalty. But Aragon sealed the victory for RP squad's victory with a brilliant move and strike in the left corner of the net.
Team Philippines finished with 9-3 clip and settled 25th place over-all of the 64 teams, improving the team's world ranking from last year's 39th place.
Two of their three losses came in the opening day against Brazil (11-2) and Chile (9-0) and later to Italy (4-2).
Among other teams RP squad successfully outplayed in the elimination round were Croatia (4-3), Argentina (5-4), Norway (3-2), Germany (8-6) and Finland (6-2).
The eight-member squad is led by Leopoldo C. Arnaiz, Committee Chairman of Team Philippines Homeless World Cup and mentored by Rudy del Rosario.
Sun Star Bacolod