Philippines Women’s National Football Team Scores First Historic Win over New Zealand at FIFA World Cup

The Philippines national women’s football team makes history by securing their first FIFA World Cup win, defeating New Zealand 1-0.

Marking the first time in the country’s history to debut in the tournament, the Philippines are placed in Group A, which will pit them against the countries of Switzerland, Norway and one of the hosting nations for this year’s Cup, New Zealand. 

In their opening match against Switzerland, the Filipinas couldn’t establish an offense, trailing 2-0 and ultimately losing in their debut. Hoping to keep their dreams alive in the tournament, the Philippines looked to bounce back against the Football Ferns.

At the 24th minute, the Filipinas were set for a free kick to put the ball in play for a potential goal to break the nil-nil score against New Zealand. Forward Sarina Bolden would be set up perfectly for a header from midfielder Sara Eggesvik that would ultimately score the only goal of the game. While New Zealand fought back to stay in it, the Philippines’ goalkeeper Olivia Davies-McDaniels would be the difference maker, making key saves throughout the match and securing the country’s first win in the tournament.

For Bolden, she becomes the first player to score a goal for the Philippines in the FIFA World Cup. The Philippines now hold a 1-0-1 record in group play, keeping them in the hunt for a shot at qualifying for a run at the Cup. The Philippines will return on the pitch Sunday to keep their momentum going in Auckland.
Tune in July 30 at 12:00 A.M. as the Philippines take on Norway in their final match of group play and catch the rest of the games from the FIFA World Cup on FOX and FOX Sports 1!