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Philippines Women's Team qualifies for their maiden FIFA World Cup

The Filipino side qualified for the World Cup after beating Chinese Taipei in the AFC Women's Asian Cup quarter finals

Philippines Womens Team qualifies for their maiden FIFA World Cup
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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 30 Jan 2022 5:27 PM GMT

On a historic night that saw goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel make two saves and score one in the shootout, the Philippines not only booked an inaugural appearance in the AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-finals but also a berth in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the very first time. They play the Korea Republic in the India 2022 semi-finals on Thursday.

Chinese Taipei's FIFA Women's World Cup hopes, meanwhile, depend on them successfully navigating the three-team playoffs, with the top side at the end of the round robin competition to advance to the Finals and the remaining two to feature in the Inter-Confederation playoffs.



Chinese Taipei and Philippines, who finished runners-up in Groups A and B respectively, got off to a cagey start at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex with most of the action taking place in midfield in the opening minutes.

Philippines, who reverted to their Matchday One lineup, had the first sight on goal in the ninth minute when Sarina Bolden moved onto Sofia Harrison's through ball, but the forward could only rattle the side netting under heavy Chinese Taipei pressure.

Three-time winners Chinese Taipei were swift with their passes and in one such instance in the 19th minute, Su Yu-Hsuan tested McDaniel before Chen Yen-Ping forced another save out of the goalkeeper in the 23rd minute.

Philippines' best chance of the first half came in the 37th minute when Bolden curled a cross into the area, but the surging Quinley Quezeda was unable to get her strike on target.

Philippines continued their heavy pressing in the second half and finally cracked the Chinese Taipei defence in the 48th minute when Quezada redirected Katrina Guillou's header past 'keeper Cheng Ssu-Yu from close range.

Chinese Taipei immediately switched into a more attacking mode with Chen and Su Sin-Yun leading the charge, but opportunities were far and few in between as Philippines controlled the pace of the game.

Chinese Taipei remained persistent, however, with captain Wang Hsiang-Huei taking a crack on goal following Ting Chi's cut back into the edge of the box, missing by mere inches.

Chinese Taipei remained persistent, however, with captain Wang Hsiang-Huei taking a crack on goal following Ting Chi's cut back into the edge of the box, missing by mere inches.

Their determination was finally rewarded in the 82nd minute when Zhuo Li-Ping stunningly found the top right corner of the net from some 25 yards out for the equaliser to force the match into extra time.

Both teams were visibly tired in extra time, with Chinese Taipei substitute Lin Hsin-Hui coming the closest in the 112th minute, but neither side was able to break the deadlock with McDaniel's heroics eventually seeing the Philippines prevailing 4-3 on penalties to book their place in the semi-finals and seal a berth in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

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