Fifa Women’s World Cup hopes dashed

THE Philippines’ hope of a first ever stint in the FIFA Women’s World Cup has been broken after a one-sided beating by South Korea in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup last Tuesday dawn at the Amman International Stadium in Amman, Jordan.

The Malditas bowed down to South Korea, 5-0, in the fifth place match, which also had the last slot in Asia for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.

Fullback Jang Sel-Gi hit the opening goal in the 34th minute with strike coming off a rebound at the top of the box.

Lee Mi-na made it a 2-0 lead in the third minute of injury time before going into half time. She struck from the right flank from point blank range after a beautiful pass by Ji So-yun.

Lim Seon-Joo made it 3-0 in the 56th minute after putting a boot in from a set piece by Jeon Ga-eul.

South Korea captain Cho So-Hyun then sealed the match with a brace. She hit the back of the net with a header in the 66th from a corner kick by Jeon. She then converted a penalty kick in 84th minute for her second goal.The Philippines finished sixth place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. (EKA)