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Philippines cautious of ‘wounded’ Norway for crunch World Cup sport


Philippines wary of 'wounded' Norway for crunch World Cup game
Philippines coach Alen Stajcic speaks to reporters in Auckland on Saturday

Alen Stajcic warned his Philippines workforce to be cautious of “wounded” Norway once they conflict on the Ladies’s World Cup on Sunday with qualification for the knockout stage on the road.

The Philippines celebrated their first look at a World Cup finals with a shocking 1-0 victory over co-hosts New Zealand on Tuesday.

That consequence, after a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland on their match debut, means they’ll advance to the final 16 by beating 1995 World Cup winners Norway at Eden Park in Auckland.

The Norwegians are conventional heavyweights within the ladies’s sport however have carried out poorly to this point, dropping 1-0 to the co-hosts after which drawing 0-0 with Switzerland.

They look like in disarray with an harm to star striker Ada Hegerberg and participant discontent.

“Clearly every workforce has totally different points whether or not or not it’s bodily, psychological, social, cultural,” mentioned the Philippines’ Australian coach Stajcic on Saturday.

“I’ve adopted soccer for 30 years and I understand how sturdy the tradition of Norwegian ladies’s soccer is.

“I do not care what is going on on within the camp, I’m positive they’re going to come out tomorrow and combat for his or her nation.

“The very fact they’re wounded typically means they arrive out and combat tougher to show everybody flawed.”

Stajcic is hoping to mastermind one other well-known victory for the Forty sixth-ranked Philippines and take them into the knockout rounds, identical to he did along with his native Australia in 2015.

“I’m actually happy with the entire group,” he mentioned.

“No one thought we’d be alive, we had been the underdog and now we go into the final match in opposition to a superpower of ladies’s soccer traditionally and realizing we’ve an opportunity of progressing to the subsequent spherical.”

He added: “We deal with each sport the identical, I do not care if we’re enjoying Norway, America, Myanmar or Hong Kong. Each single sport is identical.

“We all know we have to win.”

Norway should win to face an opportunity of advancing.

However their former Ballon d’Or winner Hegerberg was pressured out simply minutes earlier than the 0-0 draw with Switzerland after struggling an harm within the warm-up.

Then coach Hege Riise’s determination to drop Caroline Graham Hansen led to the star Barcelona winger claiming she had been proven an absence of respect.



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