Sarina Bolden, Filipinas top Australia in AFF Women’s Championship opener

18 Jul 2022 | 08:01 | Football

The Filipinas team in the first match at the SEA Games Hanoi.  AFPresse via VFF

The Filipinas team in the first match at the SEA Games Hanoi. AFPresse via VFF

MANILA, Philippines — Playing at home for the first time since the historic qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Philippines gifted its supporters a win as Sarina Bolden’s second-half goal beat Australia, 1-0, on Monday to open the AFF Women’s Soccer Championship at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Bolden continued to create key moments for Filipinas as she brought home the final winner in the 60th minute after Eva Madarang’s throw-in, to the delight of a small but enthusiastic audience who defied it. Evening rain during the intense competition that opened the pandemic- the regional championship was delayed.

The score remained until the final whistle blew, and coach Alen Stajcic’s men secured a maximum of three points against Australia, their mostly under-23 team.

Even if it’s not the Australian team known to compete on the world stage, Stajcic describes the result as a huge development for his Philippines team, continuing to hone their skills ahead of World Cup next year.

“It’s not just a big win,” Stajcic said. “Beating a team that has been in the top 10 in the world for the past 10 years is amazing. Maybe they don’t have some of their key players, but it’s an international game and you have to beat anyone out there.

“And for us to beat them, it shows how far this team has come. First game of the tournament and a long road ahead,” added the Filipinas Australian coach.

This result helps the Philippines take a positive approach to secure a place in the semi-finals as one of the two strongest teams in Group A.

Filipinas have 3 points with Thailand, the team has overcome Indonesia with a 4-0 victory in Biñan, Laguna.


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