In a thrilling match that shook the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Philippines midfielder, Sara Kristine Bantan Eggesvik, expressed her elation after her team pulled off a stunning upset against co-hosts New Zealand, securing a remarkable 1-0 victory.
The game changer came in the form of Sarina Bolden’s header during the first half, propelling the Philippines to a historic triumph. Not only did this win mark their first-ever victory in a World Cup, but it also injected a sense of uncertainty into Group A, making it a wide-open race.
After suffering a 2-0 defeat against Switzerland in their World Cup debut, the Philippines will face Norway in their final group stage match on Sunday. Meanwhile, New Zealand will go head-to-head with Switzerland on the same day, with both teams eager to secure their spot in the next round.
Following the game, Eggesvik shared her overwhelming joy, emphasizing the significance of their country’s first World Cup win. She also highlighted the power of maintaining a positive mindset, stating that nothing is impossible to achieve when approached with the right attitude.
“I still can’t wrap my head around what we have accomplished,” tearfully remarked Philippines midfielder Sara Eggesvik. “This victory is a testament to the fact that we can achieve something extraordinary.”
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