Filipinas secure semifinals spot, aim for sweep in ASEAN Football Women’s Championship

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The Philippine Women’s National Football Team wins its 4th game at the AFF Women’s Championship group round. AFF photo.

The Filipinas have already secured a semifinal spot and are aiming to sweep the group round at the ASEAN Football Women’s Championship 2022.

The Philippine Women’s National Football Team earned a final four berth after a thrilling come-from-behind win over Indonesia, 4-1, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

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The victory on Sunday, July 10, extended the Filipina footballers’ winning streak to four – its best start in a tournament since 2018.

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The Philippine team was kept scoreless at the end of the half with the Indonesians ahead by a point. But the Filipinas came roaring back with goal after goal – raising its status to semifinalist at the end of regulation period.

The goals against Indonesia matched the local team’s 4-0 trouncing of Malaysia on July 8.

The Filipinas wrested the solo leadership in Group A after upsetting World No. 12 Australia and Singapore in successive matches.

The Philippines’ female football squad is now aiming to finish on top of Group A as it plays to win over challenger Thailand in Tuesday night’s game at the Rizal football field.

A victory over Thailand will give the Filipinas the Group A Winner status and the advantage of playing the runner-up semifinalist of Group B to be decided on July 13 between Vietnam and Myanmar.

A continued winning streak past the semifinals will place the Filipinas in the series final match on Sunday, July 17, for the AFF Women’s Championship title.

“I am happy with the resiliency of players on the pitch (after we fell behind), they are the ones who picked themselves up and the coach can only do so much. We don’t have a magic wand but we just had to stick to our principles,” Filipinas coach Alen Stajcic said of his charges’ remarkable recovery in the second half.

“The players deserve full credit. This resiliency shows the growth of this team.”

Stajcic also appealed to the Filipinas’ fans to watch the match against Thailand live “to rock the stadium because that is an extra factor there.

“The bigger the atmosphere the more chance we have of winning this tournament and that’s the whole point of having hometown advantage and helping us get over the line.”

The Filipinas go into their final group match with 9 points against the 7 points carried by the Thais.

The AFF Women’s Championship games welcome live audiences to the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna, and City of Imus Grandstand in Cavite. The games can also be seen on Cignal TV, on free TV channel One Sports, and on its premium channel One Sports+.

The ongoing games mark the first time the Filipinas are playing in front of the home crowd since making history with a first-ever qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup last January.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Filipinas Philippine National Women’s Football Team as it plays to maintain top rank in the group round, win the semifinals, and go for the gold at the ASEAN Football Women’s Championship!

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