Bolden just happy to be part of Philippines history
Wellington: It should have come as no surprise that the Philippines’ first ever goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be scored by Sarina Bolden.
The 27-year-old has, after all, been at the heart of the Filipinas rapid rise which culminated with the Southeast Asian side sealing a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Bolden scored the winning spot-kick in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 quarter-final triumph over Chinese Taipei, a victory that sealed Alen Stajcic’s squad the historic FIFA Women’s World Cup berth and on Tuesday, the midfielder rose above the New Zealand defence to nod home the only goal of their Group A tie at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Wellington: Head coach Alen Stajcic called it one of the biggest victories in the sporting history of the Philippines after his side claimed a historic first FIFA Women's World Cup win on Tuesday.
The Southeast Asian side stunned co-hosts New Zealand 1-0 thanks to a first-half Sarina Bolden header in front of 32,357 in Wellington.
New Zealand, ranked 20 places higher than their opponents, created a string of second-half chances and had a goal disallowed but the Philippines held on for a famous win.
It was the Philippines' first victory at either a men's or women's FIFA World Cup and blew Group A wide open with Switzerland and Norway playing to a goalless draw in the group's second match on Tuesday.
Bell champions Casey Phair as the future of Korea Republic
Sydney: Head coach Colin Bell has labelled Casey Phair as the future of women’s football in Korea Republic after the 16-year-old became the youngest player in history to appear at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
The United States-raised striker, who turned 16 on June 29, was introduced as a substitute for Choe Yu-ri in the 78th minute of the 2-0 loss against Colombia in the Group H match at Sydney Football Stadium, to break the record previously held by Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Chiejine.
Sydney: Korea Republic head coach Colin Bell was left frustrated by his team’s display as the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ runners-up slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Colombia in their FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 opener on Tuesday.
First half goals from Catalina Usme and Linda Caicedo condemned Bell’s team to the loss and leaves the Koreans with a major challenge to progress from Group H to the knockout rounds ahead of games against Morocco and Germany.
Vote for your All-time AFC Asian Cup™ Dream XI: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: With less than six months to go until the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) invites fans to vote for their all-time AFC Asian Cup Dream XI in its latest campaign.
Fans can now view a shortlist of 42 contenders and select their all-time dream squad. The public vote will be combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the Final Dream XI of the AFC Asian Cup™.
The fan whose squad matches the final selected Dream XI will get the chance to win a trip to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 with a companion.