Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Football

Del Campo hat-trick catapults Philippines to first-ever AFF semis berth


The Philippine Women’s National Football Team had a mission when they first set out for the AFF Women’s Championship 2019: Get three wins and reach the semifinals.

And they did just that after blanking Singapore 4-0 to clinch the country’s ticket to the final four, Friday afternoon in Chonburi, Thailand.

The nationals’ win over Singapore – coupled with Malaysia’s loss – propelled the Philippines into the AFF knockout phase for the very first time since the tournament’s inception in 2004.

“Good effort from our team to win this game. We didn’t use our usual eleven just to rest them [just in case]. We’re happy with the result because even though this is not our strongest team, they were able to handle the game and able to score too,” said head coach Let Dimzon.

The match was barely underway when the Filipinas already put themselves on the scoreboard. Sara Castañeda played a fantastic cross ahead to Alisha Del Campo, who outran the entire Singaporean backline. She even nutmegged keeper Beatrice Tan Li Bin for the opening minute goal.

Five minutes later, Hazel Lustan threaded the needle for a pass to Quinley Quezada. The sensation from the Thailand match then doubled the Philippine advantage.

Right before the break, Lustan was instrumental again. She initiated a play that sent substitute Dionesa Tolentin barreling into the box, only for Tan Li Bin to swat away her shot. But a prowling Del Campo gathered the rebound to put the ball away and further cushion the Philippine lead.

Five minutes after the restart, Del Campo continued to embarrass Tan Li Bin. The UAAP Season 81 top striker pounced on an ill-timed Singaporean back pass for an easy tap-in and a hat-trick in the process.

#ReadMore  Rebo Saguisag on Tab Baldwin: 'It's important to know the context of what was said'

The Filipinas continued to dictate play with a few more chances to increase the lead, though none coming through. Still, with a radically different lineup from previous matches, this was already a big success.

The coach will have a full day to prepare for Group B leader Vietnam. The match takes place on Sunday, August 25 at 4:00 pm.

“Going into the semifinals, we need to prepare more since we are playing against Vietnam, which is stronger and faster. So we have to prepare our tactics in how to cope with them,” Dimzon added.


Singapore XI: Tan Li Bin, Dhaniyah, Siti (C), Ho Hui, Nur Umairah, Nur Syazwani (Suria Priya), Ernie, Nur Izzati (Lim), Danelle, Nur Faradila (Siti Wan), Yip-Au

Philippines XI: Cavill, Shelton, Long (C), Hodges, Bernal, Navaja, Castañeda (Fagsao), Inquig, Lustan, Quezada (Tolentin), Del Campo (Mendaño)

Written By


You May Also Like

Filipinas

The Philippine Women’s National Football Team continued its preparations for the upcoming 2022 AFF Women’s Championship with a resounding 3-0 win over Bosnia and...

Filipinas

The Philippine Women’s National Football Team demonstrated that it can compete with one of the world’s best teams as it suffered a narrow 1-0...

2022 AFF Women’s Championship

The Philippine Women’s National Football Team’s preparations for the upcoming 2022 AFF Women’s Championship are in full swing. The Philippine Football Federation announced Thursday...

Football

Quinley Quezada has made the next big move in her professional career. Serbian SuperLiga side Red Star Belgrade announced yesterday through its social media...

Football

With the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the horizon, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team have another tough test ahead of their debut...

2021 SEA Games

At long last, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team has finally earned a podium finish in the Southeast Asian Games after a 37-year wait....

2021 SEA Games

Coming off a historical 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign that saw the Philippines qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first...

2021 SEA Games

In a rematch of their clash in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team suffered a 3-0 defeat to...

Advertisement