Women’s World Cup: Switzerland Lands Philippines 2-0 Blow to Top group A.

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Switzerland on Friday morning Nigerian time spanked Philippines 2-0 in the second match of Group A played at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Auckland.


Switzerland protested a foul during a goal mouth melee which VAR approved and PSG striker, Ramona Bachmann tucked it in 45th minute without the goalkeeper moving at all.


F. C. Zurich player, Seraina Piubel scored the second goal in the 64th minute in a dramatic way. Philippines goalkeeper had pushed four consecutive shots, first from McDaniel, second from Crnogorcevic and two others including Sow before Piubel connected well while the defenders stood fixed to the ground all the while.


Debutante Philippines tried to learn the tricks of moving to world cup titles but the performance was low with 3 shots at goal and none on target against 17 shots from Switzerland with 8 on target. Swiss dominated ball possession 74-26% and passes that were a whopping 743-269.


The Swiss were caught with 10 fouls compared to 6 of Philippines; 2 yellow cards of Swiss to one of their opponents and the three corners of the match went to Swiss none to the Philippines.


Philippine are debutantes at this tournament appearing for the first time but they met Switzerland in a friendly encounter and were whitewashed 5-1 on 17th July 2023 just before this tournament.


Spain’s record can terrorize the Philippine ladies as the team walloped Moldova 15-0 at Lausanne on 6th September 2022. Germany had tamed Switzerland 11-0 at Weingauten on 25th September 1994.


Switzerland is making a second appearance at the party. Their first time out, The Swizz lost in the Round of 16 to hosts Canada at Vancouver.


So Switzerland leads group A with 3 points and 2 goals; Hosts New Zealand who stunned Norway by a lone goal yesterday (Thursday) are second with 3 points and one goal while Norway having no pint is 3rd and Philippines is at the bottom with no point.


The next matches in Group A are New Zealand versus Philippines on the 25th while same day Switzerland plays Norway. The last group matches will be played simultaneously on 30th July with Norway meeting Philippines and Switzerland will lock horns with New Zealand.


Spain will square up against Costa Rica at 0830 hours which is some few moments away.


Four matches will be played on Saturday 22nd July. USA will meet Vietnam at 0200 hours in group E encounter at Eden Park; African representative Zambia will square up with Asian giants, Japan at 0800 hours in Group C match at Waikato New Zealand; England will trade tackles with Haiti at 1030 hours in a Group D match at Suncorp Stadium Australia and at 1300 hours, Denmark and China will take to the turf in a group D match at NIB Stadium, Perth Australia.


By Eniola Olatunji

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