FIFA World Cup: Football Ferns vs Philippines recap

7:53 pm on 25 July 2023
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 25: Hannah Wilkinson of New Zealand reacts during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group A match between New Zealand and Philippines at Wellington Regional Stadium on July 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

A disappointed Hannah Wilkinson. Photo: Getty Images / Catherine Ivill

The Football Ferns have lost their Group A match against the Philippines at Wellington Regional Stadium this evening.

They fell behind to a 23rd minute goal by Sarina Bolden and despite creating several chances the Ferns were never able to get on the scoreboard.

The Ferns had been looking to take a massive step towards the cup's knockout stage if they had won.

They said before the match they had refocused and were ready to build on what they achieved during their historic win over Norway in Auckland last Thursday. No senior NZ football team - men or women - has ever advanced to the knockout section of a World Cup.

New Zealand is ranked 20 places higher in the world than the Philippines, who lost 0-2 to Switzerland in their tournament opener.

The Football Ferns final group game is against Switzerland in Dunedin on Sunday.

Look back at Jamie Wall's match updates.

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