FIFA Women's World Cup: Philippines stun New Zealand

Philippines stun New Zealand
Philippines players celebrates after the match. Photo: Reuters/Amanda Perobelli

Wellington: Forward Sarina Bolden headed the winner as the Philippines spoiled co-hosts New Zealand's party with a stunning 1-0 victory in their Women's World Cup Group A clash on Tuesday.

The Philippines lost 2-0 to Switzerland in their opening match and looked to be an easy mark for the Football Ferns, who were coming off their first-ever World Cup win over former champions Norway and looking to book a spot in the last 16.

Instead, the Philippines secured their own first World Cup win to keep alive their hopes of progressing in their debut tournament.

New Zealand did not lack in effort but had seemingly lost the magic touch of their historic opener and missed a series of goal-scoring opportunities.

Striker Bolden made them pay for their profligacy in the 24th minute when she got up well to fire a header directly at New Zealand keeper Victoria Esson, who fumbled it into the net to give the Philippines their first-ever World Cup goal.

Sarina Bolden
Philippines' Sarina Bolden celebrates scoring their goal. Photo: Reuters/Amanda Perobelli

Roared on by 32,357 crowd at Wellington Regional Stadium, the Ferns dominated possession as they poured forward looking for an equaliser.

Defender Katie Bowen sent a shot wide to the left in the 38th minute and co-captain Ria Percival's shot rolled straight at the Philippines keeper Olivia McDaniel in first-half stoppage time.

In the 58th minute, defender C J Bott looped a cross into the box but Hannah Wilkinson, the hero of New Zealand's opening win on Thursday, sent her header over the bar.

Ten minutes later, Wilkinson did well to drag the ball back from the byline and crossed for forward Jacqui Hand to head it into the net, only for the referee to call it back for offside.

In a frenetic finish, Philippines striker Carleigh Frilles also got the ball into net from an offside position and New Zealand's Grace Jale was foiled from close range by a fine McDaniel save.

Goalless draw

Norway and Switzerland played out a goalless draw in another Group A match. Switzerland lead the group with four points, while New Zealand and the Philippines have three each followed by Norway (1).

The Philippines close out their group-stage action against 1995 winners Norway on Sunday, while New Zealand face Switzerland.

Easy for Colombia

Catalina Usme and Linda Caicedo scored to give Colombia a 2-0 victory over South Korea in their opening game, denying the Koreans what would have been only their second win in four appearances at the tournament.

Colombia's Catalina Usme, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal. Photo: Reuters/Jaimi Joy

Usme scored on a penalty kick in the 30th minute after a South Korean handball, sending keeper Yoon Younggeul the wrong way before slotting the ball into the far corner.

Caicedo, an 18-year-old forward for Real Madrid, doubled Colombia's lead nine minutes later, launching a high shot that Yoon got her hands on, but without the power to send it over the bar. The ball squirted into the net, to the delight of the yellow-clad Colombian fans at Sydney Football Stadium.

Korea's American-born teenager Casey Phair became the youngest player to take the field in Women's World Cup history, subbing on in the 78th minute, just 26 days after her 16th birthday.

It was the final game of the opening round of group matches and the 300th match in Women's World Cup history.

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