Malditas miss out on 2019 World Cup spot

Business World - - WORLDSPORTS - By Michael An­gelo S. Murillo Se­nior Re­porter

THERE will not be a World Cup ap­pear­ance for the Philip­pine na­tional women’s foot­ball team af­ter it fell to South Korea, 5-0, in a key match at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup early Tues­day morn­ing in Jor­dan.

Need­ing to beat the Kore­ans for the fi­nal World Cup berth in their bat­tle for fifth place in the Asian Cup, the Philip­pine Malditas, not­with­stand­ing their gal­lant ef­fort, were still found want­ing in the end vis- à-vis an op­po­nent which was deter­mined to make up for a dis­ap­point­ing group play show­ing.

South Korea, which fin­ished third in Group B and failed to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals, was on at­tack mode against the Malditas right from the start.

Their ag­gres­sive­ness paid off in the 34th minute when de­fender Jang Sel- Gi was able to punch through for her team to go 1-0 up.

Just as the open­ing half drew to a close, for­ward Lee Mi- na added an­other goal for South Korea off a pass from team­mate Ji So-yun in the third minute of added time to give them a 2- 0 cush­ion by the half­time break.

The Malditas tried to make up for lost ground to start the sec­ond half only to find them­selves pushed deeper in a hole 10 min­utes later when de­fender Lim Seon-Joo found the bot­tom of the net.

South Korean cap­tain Cho SoHyun put the game out of the reach of the Philip­pines when she con­nected in the 66th minute to make it 4-0.

The fi­nal count was sealed when Ms. Cho com­pleted her brace with a goal in the 84th minute.

The win pushed South Korea in the World Cup hap­pen­ing next year in France along with the top four teams in the on­go­ing AFC Women’s Asian Cup, namely China, Aus­tralia, Thai­land and Japan.

The afore­men­tioned top teams were to be­gin their cross­over semi­fi­nals yes­ter­day.

“Maram­ing Sala­mat, Filip­inas!” wrote the Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion on Twit­ter as it showed grat­i­tude for the ef­forts of the Malditas, who qual­i­fied for the Asian Cup af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in their group in the qual­i­fiers last year.

The fed­er­a­tion went on to say that there should be no bow­ing of heads for the Philip­pine team as it “has won the hearts of all Filipinos around the world with their coura­geous spirit against the best teams in Asia.”

The Philip­pines fin­ished its AFC Women’s Asian Cup cam­paign with a record of one win and three losses all in all for sixth place.

The Philip­pine Malditas were com­posed of Inna Kris­tianne Pala­cios, Claire Elis­a­beth Lim, Alesa Dolino, Krys­tal Vic­to­ria De Ramos, Hali Mo­riah Long, Mor­gan Em­malise Brown, Kath­leen Camille Ro­driguez, Maria Luisa Park, Jesse Anne Shugg, Cait­lyn Rose Kreutz, Kris­ten Ry­ley Bu­gay, Kearra Th­eryse Bastes-Jones, Leah Janessa Larot, Sara Iso­bel Cas­tañeda, Alexa Ni­cole Diaz, Stacey Janet Margery Cav­ill, Calah Lili­noeokalani Si­marago, Tah­nai Lau­ren An­nis, Patrice Mae Im­pelido, Quin­ley Mirielle Quezada, Jes­sica Anne Mi­clat, Chalise Baysa and Sa­rina Is­abel Bolden.

They were coached by Rabah Ben­larbi, as­sisted by coaches Joey Hoff­man and Joyce Landa­gan.

THE PHILIP­PINE MALDITAS missed out on a FIFA Women’s World Cup berth af­ter los­ing to South Korea, 5-0, in their key AFC Women’s Asian Cup game on Tues­day.

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