PH falls to Australia in 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) – The Philippines suffered its first loss in the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup group stage at the hands of world no. 11 Australia, 0-4, on Monday at the Mumbai Football Arena in India.

The Filipinas displayed a tremendous defensive effort in the first half as they held their ground against the Matildas’ dominant ball possession and dangerous corners.

The Alen Stajcic-mentored Philippine side only had a real scoring chance in the sixth minute with a missed offensive attack from forward Chandler McDaniel, who scored the breakthrough goal in their 1-0 upset win against Southeast Asian football giant Thailand last Jan. 21.

After a scoreless first half, the Australians played more sharply in attacking the ball to break the stalemate.

Australia team captain Sam Kerr made the first goal in the 51st minute with a hard header from a corner kick, which was challenged closely by a Filipina defender.

The Tony Gustafsson-coached Matildas doubled their lead after two minutes as the referees ruled an own goal from Filipina backline specialist Dominique Randle, who defended a close header by Australian striker Kyah Simon.

The lead of Australia went up to three in the 67th minute, when midfielder Emily Van-Egmond cleared her own miss from another corner play by the Matildas.

Van-Egmond received the corner ball but her first strike was thwarted by Filipina defender Hali Long, who made a short kick that caused the ball to return to the alert Australian midfielder.

The Matildas created their last offensive thrust in the 87th minute, when midfielder Mary Fowler converted a long strike that slipped past the hands of debuting Filipina goalkeeper Kiara Fontanilla.

Australia is already assured of a quarterfinals berth with six points due to the victory.

The Filipinas, who remain in second place in Group B with three points, hope to secure a sure knockout phase slot in their last group stage match against Indonesia on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. (Philippine time).