Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from Tajikistan Football Federation

Football

Sara Castañeda powers Philippines past Tajikistan for second win


If Shela Cadag grabbed the headlines the last time around, this time it was Sara Castañeda’s turn to steal the show.

Thanks to the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Football Rookie of the Year, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team trounced host nation Tajikistan, 3-1, at the Hisor Central Stadium in Hisor, to clinch back-to-back wins in the first round of the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

With the game on the line, Castañeda played the role of a hero and shot past Tajikistan goalkeeper Sakhina Saidova twice in the 50th and 76th minutes, with the latter goal scored as a penalty.

It was the perfect response to a first half stalemate, where the home side enjoyed an early lead. Khalimova Gunsunbi’s strike in the 26th minute gave the Filipinas a premature setback, but Cadag erased the deficit four minutes later to ease the pressure on the Philippines.

The result gives the Philippines the 2nd spot of Group A with 6 points, and eliminates Tajikistan from contention. Chinese Taipei leads the group with as much points as the Philippines, but the former has a superior goal difference of +7.

Only the top country is assured of a ticket towards the next round, while the second placed team can qualify depending on other groups’ results.

National team mentor and concurrent Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws coach Let Dimzon hopes her wards can make it three wins in a row in the competition when they face Mongolia on November 11, 4:00 PM Philippine time at the same venue.


Philippines XI: Palacios (GK), Long, Dolino, Navaja, Cadag, Castañeda, Tomanon, Bernal, Lemoran, Inquig, Impelido (C).

#ReadMore  La Salle secures third straight Finals appearance with FEU draw

Tajikistan XI: Saidova (GK), Olimova, Sayramj, Safarova, Gulsunbi, Zulaikho, Madina, Nodira, Mirzoeva, Marjona, Nekubakht.

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


You May Also Like

FEU

As defending champion Far Eastern University romped University of the Philippines 4-1 last Saturday in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Football Tournament, there was...

FEU

Dionesa Tolentin netted a brace, propelling Far Eastern University to the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Football Final after a 4-1 victory over University of...

DLSU

In a rematch of last year’s final, Tiffany Trinidad’s late goal sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory for 10-woman Far Eastern University against De La...

DLSU

Sara Castañeda is back in the fold for De La Salle University, this time as a member of the team’s coaching staff. The two-time...

ADMU

Far Eastern University produced the most lopsided win yet across all divisions with an 8-0 trashing of Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP...

FEU

Dionesa Tolentin had a noticeable spring in her step last Saturday for Far Eastern University, which kicked off its title defense in the UAAP...

FEU

Defending champion Far Eastern University started its title defense by edging out University of Santo Tomas, 1-0, in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Football...

Filipinas

Filipinas goalkeeper Inna Palacios hit two birds with one stone last Saturday. Not only did the 2022 AFF Women’s Championship gold medalist witness the...

Advertisement