PH scores stunning upset win vs. Thailand in 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) – Forward Chandler McDaniel provided the much needed goal for the Philippines as it upsets Thailand, 1-0, in their 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup opening match on Friday at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, India.

McDaniel made the breakthrough goal in the 81st minute with a long left, where the ball slipped past the hands of Thai goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing.

It's the Philippines' first ever victory against the Southeast Asian powerhouse country in the international football scene.

The Thais are the second best Southeast Asian squad in the FIFA rankings at world no. 38, while the Filipinas are ranked fourth in the region at world no. 64.

"It's a massive win. This gives us a lot of confidence, with three points in the board, considering the challenges that we faced in the last 24 hours," Philippines head coach Alen Stajcic said in the post-match press conference.

The first half saw a more aggressive Philippine side with newcomer Katrina Guillou converting a right foot goal from an Eva Madarang cross in the 12th minute, but was ruled as an offside.

The Filipino French defender had another goal chance in the 28th minute with a long kick off a counter-attack, but the ball went above the box as it was chased by the Thai goalie.

The team's co-captain Hali Long almost gave the Filipinas the lead in the 32nd minute, but her receiving shot from a free kick by Chandler McDaniel went out.

After a scoreless first half, the Philippines maintained their form of controlling the ball offensively in the second half.

Midfielder Quinley Quezada was left open in an offensive attack in the 63rd minute, but her shot attempt came up short.

McDaniel had her first goal try in the 67th minute with the ball going way too high for another missed chance for the Philippines.

The Filipinas remained composed defensively despite the Thais getting corners in the next minutes, before the historic goal from McDaniel.

With three points in their bag, the Filipinas must win at least a game in their remaining two group stage matches to clinch a quarterfinals berth.

The Philippines and Australia, who both won their opening matches in the tournament, will battle for the Group B top spot on Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. (Philippine time) to be held at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Australia, who will host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup with New Zealand, earlier disposed Indonesia in a 18-0 massacre in their opening game.