Colombia Secure Three Points in Group H

Colombia have joined Germany at the top of the Group H standings after a strong first half set up a 2-0 win over Korea Republic at Sydney Football Stadium on Tuesday, 25 July 2023.

A testy opening spell, punctuated by stoppages, was snapped as Colombia were awarded a penalty that saw Catalina Usme send Yoon Younggeul the wrong way on the half hour.

Nine minutes later and the lead was doubled as a surging run down the left from Caicedo saw her shot from distance find its way to goal off the hands of Yoon, in the process making the Colombian starlet the first teenager to score at Australia & New Zealand 2023.

Philippines Shock Co-Hosts New Zealand with Historic Upset

In a historic match between New Zealand and Philippines at the Women’s World Cup 2023, it was the Philippines who emerged victorious with a 1-0 win. The game, played in Wellington, was full of excitement and memorable moments.

Both teams came into the match with unchanged line-ups from their previous games. New Zealand started off strong, quickly taking control of the ball and pressing forward to unlock the Philippines’ defence. However, their efforts were unsuccessful in the early stages of the game.

In the 24th minute, Sarina Bolden created history by scoring the Philippines’ first ever World Cup goal. It was an incredible moment for the team, and the crowd erupted with excitement. 

Despite New Zealand’s dominance in terms of shots on goal, Bolden’s strike gave the Philippines the lead going into halftime.

The second half started with New Zealand showing great determination to find the equaliser. They created numerous chances, with Hannah Wilkinson coming close to scoring, but her header went over the bar. The Philippines had to focus more on defending as New Zealand pushed forward in search of the equaliser.

As the game intensified, tensions rose on the pitch. There were some rough challenges, with one particular incident involving Chance leaving her boot on McDaniel down on the goalline. However, she escaped a yellow card.

Both teams made substitutions in an attempt to change the game. Isabella Flanigan replaced Eggesvik for the Philippines, while New Zealand brought Jale on for Percival. The game continued to be physical, with New Zealand desperate to salvage something from the match.

In the 69th minute, New Zealand thought they had found the equaliser when Jacqui Hand scored. However, the goal was disallowed due to Wilkinson being offside from Riley’s pass. It was a moment of elation followed by deflation for the home crowd.

As the clock ticked down, New Zealand pushed even harder, but the Philippines’ defense held strong. In the final minutes of added time, Olivia McDaniel made an incredible save to deny New Zealand an equaliser.

In the end, the match concluded with a historic victory for the Philippines, with Sarina Bolden’s goal in the 24th minute proving to be the winning strike. It was undoubtedly a memorable and emotional moment for the team and their fans.

Stalemate in Hamilton as Switzerland and Norway Battle to Goalless Draw

In Group A, Switzerland and Norway faced off at Waikato stadium in Hamilton. The game ended in a goalless draw, with both teams failing to find the breakthrough.

Switzerland made just one change from their previous win over the Philippines, bringing in Riesen for Buehler. On the other hand, Norway made three changes to their starting lineup, with Haavi, Boe Risa, and Eikeland coming in. The surprise move was dropping Carolina Graham Hansen to the bench.

The game got off to an eventful start as Ada Hegerberg, the star player for Norway, had to be replaced just two minutes into the game due to feeling unwell. Sophie Roman Haug took her place. Both teams took some time to settle into the match, with possession changing hands frequently.

In the early stages, Switzerland appeared more lively and posed a threat through their wing play. However, Norway managed to weather the storm and create some chances of their own. The rain got heavier as the game progressed, adding to the already challenging conditions.

As the first half progressed, the tempo of the game slowed down, and there was a lack of urgency from both teams. Possession was evenly balanced, but neither side could capitalise on their opportunities. The half ended goalless, with the best chance falling to Haug, whose header was saved by Swiss goalkeeper Thalmann.

The second half started with Norway looking for a breakthrough. 

They tested Thalmann early on, but the Swiss goalkeeper made the save. Norway continued to push forward, but their execution in the final third was lacking. Hegerberg, who was unable to play due to a groin problem, watched from the bench.

Both teams made changes during the second half to try and find a breakthrough. Switzerland’s coach Grings received a warning from the referee for her shouting at the officials. Norway had several opportunities, with Thalmann making some impressive saves to keep her team in the game.

In the closing stages, both teams had chances to score, but the match ended in a goalless draw. Norway earned a point but remained at the bottom of the group standings, while Switzerland will be satisfied with the draw. The result leaves the group wide open, with all teams still in contention for the knockout stages.

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Photo 1 Caption: Colombia have joined Germany at the top of the Group H standings after a strong first half set up a 2-0 win over Korea Republic at Sydney Football Stadium on Tuesday, 25 July 2023. Photo: FIFA WWC (Instagram)

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