New World Cup teams upset co-hosts New Zealand
When the Philippines beat them in Wellington, New Zealand lost a great chance to move closer to the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup.
The Philippines, one of eight teams that were there for the first time, had a big win, and when the game was over, they cheered loudly.
On the first day, co-hosts New Zealand beat Norway. They knew that another win would put them in the last 16, but they couldn’t find a way to win on a difficult night.
Instead, it was Sarina Bolden of the Philippines who ran away in joy after scoring the Philippines’ first goal at a Women’s World Cup in the 24th minute. She did this after hitting in Sara Eggesvik’s crossed ball.
After halftime, a loud crowd in New Zealand pushed the team to try to score an equalizer. However, Jacqui Hand’s goal was ruled out because she was offside, and striker Hannah Wilkinson missed one of the game’s best chances when she headed a cross over the bar.
In Group A’s other game, Switzerland plays against Norway. If Switzerland wins, they will be in the last 16 for sure.