The group stage of the continued Fifa Ladies’s World Cup has been fairly a trip, full of twists and turns which have seen perceived minnows do magical issues and some perennial contenders surprisingly being proven the door.
The Filipinas can take delight in being a part of that storyline.
“It’s nice,” Katrina Guillou mentioned throughout a meet and greet session with media and followers at an Adidas retailer in Makati Metropolis on Thursday, when The Inquirer requested her in regards to the Filipinas being among the many underdog tales within the largest showpiece for ladies’s soccer.
Guillou and the Filipinas even flirted with the opportunity of doing the unthinkable: Making the round-of-16 regardless of low expectations as one in every of eight debutants within the World Cup.
A 1-0 win over New Zealand, a landmark end result, gave the Filipinas that chance, however the dream got here to an finish with a 6-0 pounding handed to them by former champion Norway.
As soon as the World Cup ends, the Filipinas’ marketing campaign might be amongst these to be remembered, one of many unbelievable runs that included fairy-tale performances from Jamaica and South Africa, who each reached the knockout part.
Jamaica, brandishing maybe the best moniker within the match—The Reggae Girlz, performed pragmatic in battling the good Marta and Brazil to a scoreless draw, sufficient to get out of Group F and eradicate the standard soccer energy from South America.
South Africa’s 3-2 triumph over Italy in Group G despatched the group generally known as the Banyana Banyana into the final 16 for the primary time in two World Cup appearances.
It was not simply Brazil that had a shocking early exit, with Olympic champion Canada additionally lacking out on the following part and cohost Australia and defending champion United States barely advancing.
“I believe it’s a testomony to how arduous the group has been working. We accepted the problem and we put our greatest foot ahead and it actually took the whole lot for us,” mentioned Guillou, whose nullified purpose towards Switzerland as a consequence of an offside, she mentioned, proved that the group might be “a menace.”
The Filipinas additionally confirmed they may maintain their very own towards the largest names of their sport, like Switzerland’s Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, New Zealand’s Ramona Bachmann and Lia Walti, Hannah Wilkinson, Jacqui Hand and Ali Riley and Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen, Sophia Roman Haug and Frida Maanum.
“Actually, going into the video games, I don’t give it some thought an excessive amount of about who my opponent is,” mentioned defender Sofia Harrison, who confronted a variety of high quality gamers. “I strive to enter the sport with the identical mentality, ensuring I’m doing my half.
“After which after the sport, I look again and say ‘I marked Hannah Wilkinson.’ So it’s undoubtedly cool and loopy to see that we are able to compete towards gamers like that,” she added.
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