Malditas yield to tough Kore­ans

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - – Olmin Leyba

Fan­cied Korea dashed the Philip­pine Malditas’ World Cup dreams, deal­ing the Filip­inas a 5-0 beat­down to clinch fifth place hon­ors in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Mon­day night in Am­man, Jor­dan (early yes­ter­day in Manila) and catch the last bus to the pres­ti­gious global boot­fest in France.

Skip­per Cho So-hyun fired a brace (66’, 84’) af­ter the open­ing goals by Jang Sel Gi (34’), Lee Min-a (45+3), and Lim Seon joo (56’) as the Kore­ans beat the am­bi­tious Malditas for the re­main­ing Asian berth to next year’s WWC.

The world No. 16 Kore­ans joined Aus­tralia, Japan, China and Thai­land, which pro­gressed out­right to the June 2019 World Cup by reach­ing the WAC semi­fi­nals.

The loss put an end to the mag­i­cal run of the gutsy Malditas, who gal­lantly bid­ded to crash the big­gest stage.

“We had hoped for a Mir­a­cle in Jor­dan, but hav­ing played against the best teams in Asia is al­ready a great honor and a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for the Philip­pine Women’s Na­tional Team,” said Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Nonong Araneta.

On their maiden ap­pear­ance in the WAC un­der the cur­rent qual­i­fi­ca­tion process, the Pi­nay boot­ers made their pres­ence felt by ral­ly­ing past host Jor­dan, 2-1, to move a win away from mak­ing his­tory.

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