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The Philippines got their first World Cup goal – and subsequently their first World Cup win – against New Zealand on Tuesday.
The stunning 1-0 defeat came after New Zealand seemed to equalize in the 68th minute but had the goal disallowed on a VAR call. The video review showed the head of New Zealand’s Hannah Wilkinson crossed the offside line by the slimmest of margins before her shot.
“It’s so heartbreaking for everyone in this team,” New Zealand coach Jitka Klimkova said. “We played to win and it didn’t go our way. We were fighting until the end, but it wasn’t enough.”
On the other side, the Philippines celebrated a historic triumph. Sarina Bolden scored the game-winner, which made her the all-time leading international goal scorer for the Philippines. The goal meant everything, she said after the win.
“It feels overwhelming, crazy — it feels like I’m in a dream,” Bolden said. “It doesn’t feel real.
“I literally can’t put it into words. This has been a dream of mine as a little kid to just be here at the World Cup, let alone even score.”
SARINA BOLDEN WILL NOT BE DENIED FROM CLOSE RANGE 🇵🇭Philippines gets its first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup Goal! pic.twitter.com/RflEAtLbIZ— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 25, 2023
SARINA BOLDEN WILL NOT BE DENIED FROM CLOSE RANGE 🇵🇭Philippines gets its first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup Goal! pic.twitter.com/RflEAtLbIZ
Linda Caicedo broke onto the senior international stage in thrilling fashion as she scored in Colombia’s 2-0 win over South Korea. The goal came in her senior World Cup debut, and marked the third time she’s scored at a World Cup in a year – the only player to ever start and score in three World Cups in the span of a year.
Yes, you read that right.
Last August, Caicedo featured on Colombia’s U-20 team at the Under-20 World Cup in Costa Rica. She scored twice against New Zealand in the group stage. Two months later, Caicedo played at the U-17 World Cup in India, where she helped Colombia to a runner-up finish and was tied for the tournament’s top goal-scorer with four goals.
And last night, she made her senior World Cup debut, becoming the second-youngest South American player to score a debut goal since Marta in 2007. At just 18 years old, Caicedo already has beaten cancer (she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 15), signed with Real Madrid and made her name known on multiple international stages. Get ready, world. Linda Caicedo has arrived.
LINDA CAICEDO WITH A CERTIFIED BANGER ON HER WORLD CUP DEBUT pic.twitter.com/4tu7getKgR— Diaspora United Pod (Crystal Dunn’s Lucky Charms) (@DiasporaUtdPod) July 25, 2023
LINDA CAICEDO WITH A CERTIFIED BANGER ON HER WORLD CUP DEBUT pic.twitter.com/4tu7getKgR