Football: Filipinas fall short against Costa Rica in rematch

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The visiting Philippine women’s football national team settled for a 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Costa Rican national team in their rematch played on Tuesday (early Wednesday in Manila) at the Estadio Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Carleigh Frilles opened the scoring for the Filipinas in first half added time, when a poor touch from the opponents led to a fine run from her in the Philippines’ attacking third.

The midfielder only had the Costa Rican goalkeeper — Daniela Solera — to beat before delivering the opening goal.

However, the Filipinas’ inspiring start proved to be short-lived, as the home side was able to bounce back tremendously in the second half with back-to-back goals.

Captain Raquel Rodriguez first equalized for the No. 37 ranked side in the world with a penalty conversion in the 61st minute.

Filipinas keeper Olivia McDaniel guessed right, but Rodriguez’s attempted had enough speed and power to trickle in past McDaniel and into the left side of the goal.

Just seven minutes later, Viviana Chinchilla — the same goal scorer from the two countries’ 1-1 draw a couple of days back — slotted in an attempt from outside the box, curving the ball brilliantly as it found the top right corner.

The Filipinas were also unable to capitalize on a 49th minute penalty, with captain Tahnai Annis’ spot kick going wide to the left goalpost.

Last Friday, it was Katrina Guillou who salvaged a draw for coach Alen Stajcic’s ladies when she scored from close range in the final play of the match from a McDaniel goal kick from the other end of the field.

Photo from the PWFNT Facebook page

Nguyễn J. Văn Linh (Levi Verora)