2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Colombia V South Korea
In the first game at the Sydney Football stadium for matchday 5, Colombia came out victorious over the South koreans at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Two quick fire goals from Catalina Usme and Linda Caicedo in the first half condemned South Korea to a defeat.
Linda Caicedo became the only player ever to start and score in three World Cups in the space of a year.
The 18-year-old netted in the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2022 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, crowning an excellent year for her.
Angelo Marsiglia side took the lead via a penalty on the 30th minute after shim, a defender for South Korea handled the ball in the box.
Shim was shown a yellow card and the resultant penalty was dispatched by Colombia’s Catalina Usme.
Fast-forward 9 minutes later, The Powerpuff Girls doubled their advantage via a perfectly struck curler from Real Madrid’s Femenino forward, Caicedo.
Only 2 yellow cards were shown in the game and they were all displayed in the first half to Carolina Aarias of Colombia and Seon-Joo Lim of South Korea in the 46th and 47th minute respectively.
New Zealand V Philippine
A remarkable day for the Philippines saw them produce a shocker by defeating co-host New Zealand in their second game at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sarina Bolden netted the decisive goal in the encounter via a well directed header in the 24th minute.
That goal was the Filipinas first goal at the tournament and their first win ever at the FIFA World Cup.
Definitely, there will be a lot of happy faces all across the Philippines, seeing the feat they just hit.
Stunning the co-host in their 2nd game of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, having lost their opening game to Switzerland by 2-0 is something they can be proud of.
The Philippines became the first of eight debutants to score and win at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
One yellow card was shown to either side respectively, with Hannah Wilkinson getting booked on the 42nd minute and Angela Beard of Philippine getting one in the second half.
Switzerland V Norway
The final game of the day couldn’t produce a goal as both sides shared the spoils in an eagerly contested affair.
Switzerland, who are tutored by Inka Grings sit at the summit of Group A via the draw but for Norway, their woes were compounded as they are the basement side in the Group.
Norway lost their opening game against New Zealand by 1-0 and that signifies that there is a lot to fight for in the final group encounter against Philippine.
Switzerland are almost home and dry regarding qualification as they need only a draw in their final group affair.
Coach Hege Riise would be doing everything she can to ensure that the Grasshoppers sneak out of the group to the next round.
No yellow card or red card was brandished in the encounter throughout the entire 90 minutes of action.
The tournament continues to heat up as teams continue to fight for points which will ensure their qualification to the next round.
There are also several games slated for Wednesday, July 25, 2023, with Canada squaring up against Ireland, Japan battling the Costa Ricans and Spain trading tackles with Barbara Banda’s Zambia.