The World Cup dream of the Philippine Malditas came to an end early yesterday when they were crushed by South Korea, 5-0, in a playoff match in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup at the Amman International Stadium in Amman, Jordan.
Not even a solid performance from Malditas goalkeeper Kearra Bastes-Jones could prevent the South Koreans from claiming the fifth and final World Cup berth as Cho So-Hyun scored twice while Jang Sel-Gi, Lee Min-A, Lim Seon-Joo and Cho So-Hyun also found the back of the net.
The defeat concluded a campaign that saw the Malditas stare at an unlikely berth to the World Cup for the first time after a stunning 2-1 victory over host Jordan in the opener.
Sarina Bolden’s winner late in the second half against Jordan enabled the Philippine squad coached by Rabah Benlarbi to move a victory of advancing to next year’s World Cup in France.
But the Malditas absorbed defeats to China (4-0) and Thailand (3-1) to settle for third place in Group A, and a playoff with the South Korean side that went third in Group B.
The Malditas proved to be no match for South Korea, which reached the last 16 of the previous World Cup held in Canada three years ago.
Despite conceding five goals, Bastes-Jones made a good account of herself with several impressive saves that turned out to be the highlight of a disappointing evening for the Malditas.