Switzerland Defeats Philippines 2-0: Goals by Ramona Bachmann and Seraina Piubel Seal Initial Swiss Triumph
Switzerland kicked off their 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup journey with a compelling 2-0 win over the Philippines, a newcomer to the tournament, in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Swiss Ramona Bachman broke the deadlock late in the first half with a penalty, followed by Seraina Piubel who extended the lead with a 64th-minute close-range shot.
The Philippines showed great energy early in the game. Katrina Guillou’s 16th-minute strike seemed to be their first World Cup goal until it was swiftly declared offside.
This victory propels Switzerland to the top of Group A, leading over co-hosts New Zealand based on goal difference.
The Philippines, participating in their first World Cup – either men’s or women’s – began positively, disrupting Swiss possession. Yet, following the disallowed goal, the Swiss started taking control and put the Philippines under pressure with Geraldine Reuteler and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic missing narrowly.
The Swiss team, led by Inka Grings, saw their persistence pay off when a video assistant referee review awarded them a penalty for Jessika Cowart’s late challenge, which was a misdirected clearance hitting Coumba Sow’s ankles.
Bachmann, the forward for Paris St-Germain, confidently placed the ball into the bottom left corner beyond a stationary Olivia McDaniel to claim the lead shortly before half-time.
The Swiss displayed dominance in the second half and doubled their lead when McDaniel’s double save from Crnogorcevic and Sow ended up with Piubel, who promptly tapped it in.
Despite a last-minute surge and McDaniel rushing into the Swiss penalty area, Alen Stajcic’s squad couldn’t achieve a debut World Cup goal.
Possession: Philippines 26% – Switzerland 74%
Total Shots: Philippines 3 – Switzerland 17
Shots on Target: Philippines 0 – Switzerland 8
Corners: Philippines 0 – Switzerland 3
Fouls: Philippines 6 – Switzerland 10
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Switzerland victory 2023 Women’s World Cup
Who scored the goals for Switzerland in the match against the Philippines in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup?
Ramona Bachmann and Seraina Piubel scored the goals for Switzerland in their 2-0 victory over the Philippines.
Who was the player responsible for the first penalty in this match?
The penalty was caused by Jessika Cowart of the Philippines team due to a late challenge that led to her misjudging a clearance and kicking the ankles of Coumba Sow.
Did the Philippines score any goals in the match?
No, the Philippines did not score any goals in the match. Katrina Guillou thought she had scored, but her goal was quickly ruled out for offside.
Where was the match played?
The match was played in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Which team is leading Group A after this match?
After the match, Switzerland leads Group A, surpassing co-hosts New Zealand on goal difference.