Malditas fall to Thailand, Women's World Cup chances rest on Fifth-Place Match
(Photo courtesy of Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation)
The Philippine Women’s National Football Team could not close out the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with a win, as the fell to Thailand, 3-1 at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman, Jordan, Friday morning, Manila time.
With a spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at stake, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen came up big for Thailand once again, much like she did in the 2014 edition of the Women’s Asian Cup where in she scored twice in the Fifth-Place Match to send Thailand to their first Women’s World Cup berth.
Against the Philippines, Kanjana opened the scoring with a 28th-minute penalty after Malditas’ co-captain Tahnai Annis was whistled for a hand-ball inside the box. Kanjana then doubled Thailand’s lead in the 53rd minute with a strike from inside the box off a cross from the left side.
Less than ten minutes later, Silawan Intamee put Thailand up by three after curling in a free kick from the right side that sailed past Philippine keeper Kearra Bastes-Jones.
Jesse Shugg managed to pull one back for the Philippines in injury time with a shot from close-range.
With the win, Thailand finishes as runners-up in Group A, behind China.
The World Cup dream is still alive for the Malditas however, as they finish third in the group, which qualifies them for the fifth-place match against either Japan or South Korea.
A win in the fifth-place match will send the Philippines to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup berth.
The fifth-place match will take place on Tuesday, 1:00 AM, Manila time.