End of the line for Malditas as they fall to South Korea in Women's Asian Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 17, 2018 06:54 AM
(Photo courtesy of Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation)
The Philippine Women's National Football Team bid goodbye to their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup dreams after bowing to South Korea, 5-0, in their 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Fifth-Place Match in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday morning Manila time.
After finishing third in their respective groups, the Malditas and their South Korean counterparts faced off in a Fifth-Place Match with the final spot in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup up for grabs.
The Filipinas managed to keep it tight early in the first half, but South Korea broke the deadlock in the 34th minute courtesy of Jang Sel-Gi, before Lee Mi-Na ended up doubling the SoKor lead just before halftime.
South Korea continued to impose their will in the second half, as Lim Seon-Joo made it a 3-0 match in the 56th minute.
Ten minutes later, Cho So-hyun pretty much put the game out of hand after scoring South Korea's fourth goal of the match.
The final blow came in the form of a So-Hyun penalty in the 84th minute to make it a 5-0 final score in favor of South Korea.
With the win, South Korea joins Australia, Thailand, China PR, and Japan, all of whom are Women's World Cup-bound following the Women's Asian Cup.
It was a valiant run for the Philippines and definitely something to be proud of. Now it's back to the drawing board as they set their sights on the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.