Philippines shocks co-host New Zealand 1-0 for its first win at FIFA Girls’s World Cup

Philippines’ Sarina Bolden reacts after scoring her team’s first goal during the Women’s World Cup Group A soccer match between New Zealand and the Philippines in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

Philippines’ Sarina Bolden reacts after scoring her staff’s first aim in the course of the Girls’s World Cup Group A soccer match between New Zealand and the Philippines in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
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With its first aim at its first FIFA Girls’s World Cup, the unfavored Philippines achieved its first win Tuesday, surprising host New Zealand 1-0 in a Group A match, made contentious when a possible equaliser was disallowed.

New Zealand achieved its first World Cup win when it upset favoured Norway within the opening match of the match 5 days in the past. For the primary time in six World Cups, the Soccer Ferns went right into a match as favorite, virtually sure with one other win to develop into the primary staff to achieve the pre-quarters.

However, Sarina Bolden scored the Philippines’ historic match-winner from its first shot on aim within the twenty fourth minute, flipping the script and silencing a packed stadium of 33,000 principally newly-minted Kiwi soccer followers.

New Zealand had been ascendant within the first 20 minutes, enjoying with confidence which mirrored its expectation that this could be its finest shot at profitable within the group stage. It had 80% of possession, 74 accomplished passes to 11, 5 early pictures on aim and it appeared inevitable the objectives would come which might carry into the subsequent spherical for the primary time.

New Zealand keeper Vic Esson had nothing to do till the twentieth minute when she needed to come ahead to punch away a threatening free kick. Instantly, there was panic, even disarray, within the New Zealand defence.

4 minutes later, and from one other free kick which brought about chaos within the New Zealand goalmouth, the clearance was ineffective and Sara Eggesvik despatched the ball again in for Bolden, who leapt excessive to move the ball residence.

There was a second of shocked silence and all of the sudden the Philippines supporters discovered full voice.

For the remainder of the primary half, the match was extra aggressive as New Zealand tried to regroup and rally. It had a handful of wasted possibilities earlier than halftime.

New Zealand threw every part on the Philippines within the second half however to no avail. The second of competition got here within the 68th when Jacqui Hand, who had been denied by the submit 4 minutes earlier, headed residence what gave the impression to be the equalising aim from Hannah Wilkinson’s cross.

The New Zealanders have been in full celebration till the referee dominated that Wilkinson had been offside. The choice was shut: Wilkinson’s arm and a part of her shoulder have been offside, however that was sufficient.

Wilkinson had possibilities within the first half and one other within the second when she headed over the bar from CJ Bott’s cross. However, she wasn’t in a position to recapture the shape she confirmed as New Zealand’s scorer towards Norway.

Spots within the subsequent stage can be on the road when New Zealand performs Switzerland in Dunedin and the Philippines performs Norway in Auckland on Sunday.

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