2023 FIFA WWC : Debutants Philippine Stun New Zealand

The Philippines picked up their first three points at a FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament following their 1-0 win of Co Host New Zealand at the Sky Stadium in Wellington.

Against the run of play and after 24 minutes on the clock, it was surprisedly the Philippines who took the lead , much to the displeasure of those supporting the home team.

Sarina Bolden made history with the game’s opener as she scored the Philippines first ever goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her goal also ensured that Alen Stajcic’s Women became the first Debutant team to score at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup..

Despite all New Zealand’s endeavour to get back into the contest, they just couldn’t find a breakthrough for the rest of the first half as Philippine finished the half with the slender advantage intact.

The Co-host were again in control of the early stages of the second half but still couldn’t find the much needed equalizer.. Nine minutes after the hour mark, Jacqui Hand thought she gotten New Zealand’s equalizer but the goal didn’t stand as she was in an offside position.

The Debutant stayed compact in the midst of constant pressure from the host team. They eventually finished the game as winners

Earlier on and in the last game of the first round of games, Colombia defeated the Republic of Korea at the Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Goals from veteran Catalina Usme from the spot [30′] and 18 year old Linda Caicedo nine minutes after their first was the difference between both teams.

La Cafeteras’ win was anly the second time they have managed to win a game at the FIFA Women’s World Cup while the team’s second goal scorer in Linda Caicedo also made some sort of history, scoring at the U-17, U-20 and Senior Women’s Cup. It was also her first appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

There was also another history maker in the encounter, as Republic of Korea’s Casey Phair become the youngest player to feature at the Women’s World Cup. She is just 16 years and24 days old.

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