Wed 17 August 2022

Pinays sweep Bosnia in Euro friendlies

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The Philippine Women’s National Football Team achieved much on their first stint in Europe, capping three friendlies with a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina Sunday evening in Slovenia.

Late goals from Quinley Quezada and Katrina Guillou secured the Filipinas’ sweep of the World Cup aspirants from Eastern Europe.

At the 84th minute, Filipino-Norwegian midfielder Sara Eggesvik issued a quality assist from the left wing for a Quezada header from point blank range to level the score.

Quezada, the new forward of Red Star Belgrade, upped her scoring tally to 16 international goals while Eggesvik tallied her second straight assist in the friendlies.

Six minutes later, Guillou exhibited her fine dribbling skills, extricating a looping shot against the Bosniak defense for the winning goal. It was the fifth international goal for the Swedish league standout.

The string of goals resulted from the Filipinas’ relentless attacks in the second half after a first half of lethargic offense especially from their frontline.

At the 11th minute, winger Selma Kapetanovic scored her maiden international goal against the single coverage of Tahnai Annis, curling a volley from about ten yards to serve as the only goal of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the two-game friendlies.

Last Friday, the Filipinas blanked Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3-0, off a brace from Sarina Bolden and the maiden goal of Tara Shelton.

The Filipinas though started with a 0-1 loss against world number 26 Ireland to start their Euro friendlies last June 19.

The friendlies are preparatory for the 2022 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship in Manila starting July 4.

The Filipinas will battle 2008 champion and world number 12 Australia on opening day at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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