Bolden secures Philippines ticket to FIFA Women’s World Cup

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The unimaginable dream has come true.

The Philippines booked a ticket to the 2023 FIFA World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand thanks to a 4-3 (1-1) penalty shootout win over Chinese Taipei in the FIFA World Cup. AFC Women’s Asia 2022 Sunday night at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports. Resort in Pune, India.

With 120 minutes of action unable to separate the two teams, the dreaded penalty shootout was necessary to find the winner.

Sara Castaneda and Tahnai Annis scored for the Philippines while Jessica Miclat and Hali Long missed their shots on goal.

Trailing 2-3 in the shootout, Filipino goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel made a good save against Sy Su. Olivia McDaniel then converted her spot kick to force sudden death at 3-3.

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee keeper then made another great save against Zhou Li-Ping to put the Philippines ahead. Sarina Bolden then scored her penalty to seal the win – the country’s first against Chinese Taipei in six tries.

It was a dramatic contest that took two hours to set up.

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Quinley Quezada put the white shirts in the driver’s seat in the 48th minute after converting from close range through an assist from Katrina Guillou, who was reviewed by a VAR check. The goal was then given and the Philippines had a lead to protect.

But in the 83rd minute, Chinese Taipei found the back of the net to equalise.

Midfielder Zhuo Li Ping launched a fantastic long-range effort past McDaniel to give her side a lifeline.

The second half was frenetic compared to the chess battle the two teams had in the first 45 minutes of the match.

The opening period saw both teams head to the jugular to draw first blood. McDaniel denied Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yen-Ping and Su Yu-Hsuan with routine saves.

At the other end, Filipino striker Sarina Bolden hit the side netting twice while Chandler McDaniel fired a straight header at opposing keeper Cheng Ssu-Yu.

In the end, coach Alen Stajcic and his players accomplished what was previously deemed impossible. Finally, the Philippines leave for the World Cup.

With the World Cup ticket in the bag, the Philippines are now aiming to dominate the region as they take on South Korea in the semi-finals. This match will be played on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. (Manila time) at the same venue.

Philippines XI: O. McDaniel (GK), Randle, Long©, Bugay, Harrison, Guillou, Madarang, Quezada, Bolden, Miclat, C. McDaniel.

Chinese Taipei XI: WJ Lai, SY Pan, LP Zhuo, YP Chen, HW Wang©, YY Hsu, HC Lee, SY Su, SH Chang. SY Cheng (GK), YH Su

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