Filipinas rout Myanmar, move to Asian Games women’s football quarterfinals

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Women’s Football Team, the “Filipinas” are through to the Asian Games football quarterfinals after blanking tough Myanmar, 3-0 on Thursday, September 28 in Hangzhou, China.

With their backs against the wall, the Filipinas had everything to lose in their match against Team Myanmar; it’s a must win for the Pinay booters to qualify for the next round.

Filipinas rout Myanmar, move to Asian Games women’s football quarterfinals
Sarina Bolden propelled the Filipinas to the Asian Games Women’s Football quarterfinals after an outstanding match vs. Myanmar. Photo Credit: FIFA

After absorbing a humiliating 5-1 loss against powerhouse South Korea, Philippines’ remaining option to move on and avoid a pink slip was to earn the “second best team of the group” ticket, which means beating Myanmar by all means.

In the same manner, Myanmar’s sole choice is to trounce Philippines to advance to the next phase of the tournament which added more spice to the featured match up.

Aside from the eagerness to win, the Filipinas were all out to avenge their heavy beating against the hands of the South Koreans which was really a bitter pill to swallow not only for the team but for the entire nation.

As soon as the game clock ticked, the Filipinas had nothing in mind but to push and relentlessly attack the goal.

The nationals had the majority of the possessions and had a handful of decent and on target shots. The Burmese goalkeeper however, was able to fend off the strikes that kept the score all-nil almost midway of the first half.

Sarina Bolden proved her prowess on the pitch as she broke the deadlock, propelling the Philippines to the scoreboard with a perfectly executed penalty kick at the 18th minute mark.

Prior to the game, one of Philippines’ core midfielders, Katrina Guillou, has flown back to Sweden to join her mother ball club. Despite missing Guillou, the Filipinas banked on Sara Eggesvik’s offensive firepower in this game.

Bolden's goal left both teams in a scoring stalemate as they headed to the dugout at halftime. The Filipinas maintained control of the game with their slim 1-0 lead.

Bad second half start for Myanmar as the Burmese goalie bumped into the goal post after chasing Bolden’s shot attempt. The goalkeeper however, just needed a minute to shake it off and the game was business as usual.

Bolden had a couple of great attempts early in the second half but both shots were just an inch short of getting through.

It didn’t take that very long for the Philippines to add another goal as Eggesvik scored her first digit of the game at the 60th minute mark.

In just less than a minute, waxing hot Eggesvik struck again and made another goal to make it 3-0 in favor of the Philippines.

The Burmese tried to keep the distance close, the players however started to feel fatigued and couldn’t cross the ball midfield that gave the Philippines in total control of the match.

The referees added 6 more minutes to the game clock before calling the game over and declaring the Philippines as the winner of the ball game at the score of 3-0.

The Philippines, together with South Korea which earned the “best team of the group” ticket to the round of sixteen both await their respective rivals and schedules in the next round.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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