Switzerland beats Philippines 2-0 in its Women's World Cup opener

Switzerland beats Philippines 2-0 in its Women's World Cup opener
In the opening match of the World Cup for both teams in Group A, Switzerland overcame the Philippines 2-0 in Dunedin.
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21 July, 2023
Switzerland are now level on points with hosts New Zealand in Group A [Getty]

Ramona Bachmann drilled the ball into the left side of the net on a penalty kick moments before halftime to help Switzerland to a 2-0 win over Philippines on Friday in the Women’s World Cup opener for both teams.

Switzerland’s Seraina Piubel added a second-half goal, scoring on the rebound from a missed shot by Coumba Sow that ricocheted off Philippines goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.

The Group A encounter was the first game inside Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, the tournament’s only indoor venue. The crowd’s cheers echoed around the walls of the roughly half-full stadium, with an attendance of 13,711 in a venue that can fit over 30,000.

Philippines forward Katrina Guillou appeared to score a goal in the 15th minute, but it was waived off by an offside call.

Switzerland dominated offensively, outshooting the Philippines 17-3, but the Filipinas’ defense hung on. McDaniel held her own, making several key first-half saves –- only allowing Bachmann’s late penalty.

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Officials made the key penalty call against the Philippines in the waning moments of the first half, drawing a chorus of boos from Philippines fans. Switzerland’s Sow slid for the ball in the Philippines’ penalty area and, as she went down, she was kicked by Jessika Cowart.

McDaniel went the wrong way on Bachmann's penalty.

With the victory, Switzerland moves into a tie for first place in Group A with New Zealand, and improved its chances of moving on to the round of 16. The Philippines played gamely in their Women's World Cup debut but face a hard climb to get into the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Switzerland will face Norway, which lost in an upset to New Zealand, in its second group stage match, in Hamilton. The Philippines will face an energized New Zealand in Wellington. Both matches are Tuesday.