The 46th-ranked Filipinas gave it their all against 20th-ranked Switzerland.
Despite the 2-0 loss against Switzerland in their FIFA Women’s World Cup debut, there were still plenty of positives for the Philippine women’s national football team.
Coming in as the 46th-ranked team in the world, the Filipinas showed their heart throughout the match as they matched Switzerland’s intensity whether it be on the attacking or defending end.
This was something that definitely made coach Alen Stajcic proud of the team.
“For us to compete against a team like that is miraculous, really,” Stajcic said during the postgame press conference.
“You saw true spirit, true heart, a team that never gave up, proud of their jersey, proud of the flag, proud of the people they represent, and I think that's the most important thing,” he added.
While the game went the way of the Swiss, one of the main takeaways from the game was the ability of the Filipinas to compete against top-level nations
“There's no doubt they [Switzerland] are the better team, and they should be,” said Stajcic. “I think we showed that we are competitive, and that's the main thing.”
Of course, the Filipinas will be looking for more, and they will have two more games in the group stage to get that breakthrough win. Up next for them is New Zealand on July 25 and then Norway on July 30.