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Philippines obliterate Iran

Update : 21 May 2013, 05:24 PM

 

Pace, skill and control made all the difference as Philippines thrashed Iran 6-0 in the opening match of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Group B qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. In an electric start, Philippines scored three goals in the first four minutes and that was more than enough to deliver the killer blow for the winners. Shocked, Iran had to fight hard to regroup but by the time they found their rhythm, it was too late to salvage the damage. Philippines fielded seven US based players in their first eleven and the impact was evident. The pace of Jesse Anne Shugg, Monika Le Jaoan Hoiuplin and Heather Cook was too much for the opponents. Moreover the pressing football implemented by the unusual 3-6-1 combination left Iran in disarray. It was pace that made all the difference as the Philippines players outran their counterparts in every area of the field and Iran got only one scoring chance in the whole 90 minutes. Zahra Ghanbari, the Iranian playmaker who gained a strong reputation in the 2010 AFC U-19 Womens qualifiers in Dhaka, showed a mere shadow of her prowess. The trend of the match was set from the very beginning as Jesse Anne Shugg tried to score right after the kickoff and Iran goalie Maryam Yektaei had to stretch to her limit to save it for a corner. The corner, taken by Natasha Claudine Garcia, was headed by Heather Cook and the ball rocketed to the far post net after taking a deflection from defender Koueistan Khosravi. A goal in the very first minute boosted the Philippines and the lead was doubled in the 3rd by Megan Marie Jurado, whose side heel rolled into the far post with Maryam standing hapless on the other side. Iran were clueless when they conceded the third in the 4th minute.  Joana Houplin pulled out a neat backheel at the edge of the box and Shugg produced a superb curved shot to beat Maryam in the far post. Iran’s mental breakdown was evident in the 34th minute when defender Sharshin Kamanger saw her desperate effort to clear a Anne Shugg cross land into her own goal. Joana Houplin scored the fifth in the 41st minute and it was made possible by her anticipation. Running in to take a long ball, she controlled the ball with perfect timing and coolly placed the ball passed the onrushing Maryam. The second half saw the Filipinos conserve their energy and Iran’s lone chance came in the 67th minute, but forward Sara Ghomi shot straight to a defender from a close range. In stoppage time, Anne Shugg scored her second with a solo effort to complete the rout.

Result:

Iran 0 - 6 Philippines

Match Highlights

1’ Heather Cooke heads the ball and the ball enters the net deflecting off the forehead of Iran defender Kouetan Khosravi

3’ Megan Marie Jurado double the lead with an angular shot from the top of the box.

4’ Jesse Anne Shugg scores the third with a curving shot from the middle of box

34’ Iran defender Sarshin Kamangar scores an own goal while trying to clear an Anne Shugg cross.

41’ Midfielder Joana Houplin places the ball over onrushing Iran goalie Maryam Yektaei

67’ Iran’s first chance, but Sarah Ghomi shot straight into the feet of a Philippines defender

90+3' GOAL. Anne Shugg scored the sixth making her way through the defence and placed into the far post from the left edge of the box

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