HANGZHOU—After losing to South Korea, 5-1, on Monday night, the women’s national team—called the Filipinas—now has to beat Myanmar and hope mathematics plays to its favor to advance deeper into the 19th Asian Games.
The Filipinas carry a 1-1 won-lost record their victory coming against Hongkong, 3-1, to start their Asiad campaign. But the 2018 bronze medalists South Koreans were a tough nut to crack.
“We still have a chance,” Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta said. “We still have the Myanmar match.”
The Filipinas must beat the Myanmar gals at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Wenzhou for added insurance.
That’s because only the top teams from each of the five groups—the Philippines is in Group C—will automatically advance to the knockout stage.
To complete the eight-team quarterfinals, the top three teams from those who don’t get automatic qualification will advance.
“It’s important to beat Myanmar then hope for the best that we land in the top three among the remaining teams,” Araneta said.
“If we beat Myanmar we have six points. Then we have a chance depending on the goal difference of the other teams,” Mariano said.
The Filipinas broke the ice against the South Koreans on Sarina Bolden’s conversion in the eighth minute. But that was their last goal as the South Koreans took control the rest of the way.
The South Koreans equalized four minutes later and scored again in the 44th, 52nd, 56th and 70th minutes for the runaway victory.
“Our defenders didn’t click against the Koreans,” said Mariano of the team whose 15 players saw action in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. “That’s football. But what’s important is that we still have a chance.”