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Araneta hails Filipinas feat

QUINLEY Quezada and the national women’s team boost Philippine football following their gallant stand in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. | Saeed KHAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The Philippine Football Federation expressed its pride and thanks to the national women’s football team for uniting the nation and Filipinos worldwide for their memorable and historic outing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

PFF president Mariano Araneta lauded the Filipinas for coming up with a memorable performance in the World Cup.

Filipino-American striker Sarina Bolden delivered a beautiful header in the 24th minute while goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel tightened up the defensive screws to lift the Filipinas to a 1-0 win over New Zealand — the country’s first ever win in the World Cup.

Although they suffered a 0-6 loss to Norway to kiss their chances of advancing to the knockout round goodbye, the Filipinas still made an impact and impressed the nation with their grit, determination and ability to deliver under pressure.

“Over the course of the last 18 months, the Filipinas united the country in support in their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance,” Araneta said a day after the Filipina lost to Norway to bow out of Group A competition at Eden Park here.

“While they may have missed out on qualification to the knockout stages, they have achieved something greater,” Araneta stressed, “and that was to see the entire Filipino community in the Philippines and wherever they are around the world show their overwhelming support to the team.”

“We recognize the hard work and sacrifices this team have made to make our World Cup dream a reality,” the PFF chief and former national team standout added.

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