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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Philippines Stunned the Co-Host NZ

At Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continued on Monday with a match between Group A’s New Zealand and the Philippines.

The Philippines experienced a momentous evening as they won their first-ever Women’s World Cup match. Sarina Bolden’s flawless header in the first half, the Philippines’ first-ever goal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, marked the beginning of the team’s success.

New Zealand had numerous strong chances to score during the contest, including one that was disallowed for offside in the second half.

On the stroke of 24, Sara Eggesvik delivered a beautiful cross that set up Bolden’s effort. Bolden’s header was parried by goalkeeper Victoria Esson, but she was unable to stop it from going over the goal line, setting off joyous celebrations on the Philippines bench.

In the second half, New Zealand relentlessly attacked. Hannah Wilkinson had a great chance to score on 57 minutes when she got a close-range header opportunity.

Soon after, Jacqui Hand made a deft move and shot toward the net, but Davies-McDaniel was prepared to catch it as it rebounded off the goal post.

Hand did succeed in putting the ball in the goal on minute 69, but her attempt was disallowed due to an earlier offside violation in the game. Finally, there was time for one more moment of brilliance from Davies-McDaniel, who reacted quickly to deflect Grace Jale’s goal-bound shot as the Philippines attempted to hold on in stoppage time.

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