The Philippines rallied to defeat host Jordan 2-1 in the AFC Women's Asian Cup early Saturday morning (Manila time).
The Malditas, routed 5-1 by the Jordanians during the qualification round last year in Tajikistan, faced an early deficit at Amman International Stadium in the capital city when Maysa Jbarah struck in the 15th minute.
But the visitors got a break when Yasmeen Khair's own goal in the 51st knotted the score.
Philippines midfielder Sarina Bolden made the hosts pay for that blunder when the 22-year-old Milpitas, Calif., resident delivered the game winner some 25 minutes later.
The Filipinas next face China Monday night (Manila time) at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman.
China cruised past Thailand 4-0, sharing the early lead with the Malditas in Group A.
Group B consists of Australia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
The AFC Women's Asian Cup serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The top 5 teams in the continental competition will secure berths to France.
The team's starters:
- Tahnai Annis, co-captain/midfielder
- Kearra Bastes-Jones, goalkeeper
- Sarina Bolden, midfielder
- Ryley Bugay, midfielder
- Alexa Diaz, defender
- Caitlyn Kreutz, forward
- Hali Long, defender
- Jessica Miclat, midfielder
- Marisa Park, midfielder
- Quinley Quezada, midfielder
- Jesse Shugg, forward
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