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South Korea ousts Philippines in AFC Women’s Asian Cup

The Philippines fell short of the finals in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 after they got beaten by South Korea, 2-0, in the semifinals on Thursday at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India.

The women’s national football team faced 0-1 deficit just four minutes into the match after Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cho So-hyun scored a brilliant header past the Philippines’ goalkeeper, Olivia McDaniel.

Things then turned from bad to worst for the Filipinas as Son Hwa-yeon scored another goal at the 34th minute to give South Korea a commanding 2-0 lead. The second half showed more aggression from South Korea but McDaniel came up with several stops to keep the score from getting out of hand.

Despite the stinging loss, the Philippines can exit with their heads up high as they earned a spot to the FIFA World Cup 2023, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

“It was a very tough match. Korea Republic were the better team and had more chances than we had. After 120 minutes in the last match, the players still fought right to the death. There’s an amazing amount of heart and courage in this group, and I’m proud of them,” said the Philippines’ head coach, Alen Stajcic.

Stajcic added they are now looking forward to preparing for the World Cup.

“When you create history almost every time you step on the field, there’s nothing more you can ask for. The bar of performance has been raised,” he said.

“The expectations now for the country have been raised and now everyone has to come on board and we’ve got 18 months to prepare now for the World Cup and ensure that we do everything that we can as a country to give these players the maximum possible chance of performing at that stage.”

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