The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continued on Thursday with Switzerland defeating the Philippines, 2-0, at New Zealand’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The first goal of the night came from ramona bachmanwho converted a penalty in the 45th minute to put the nati took a 1-0 lead just before half-time. Then, in the second half, the midfielder seraina piubel he finished off the game with a goal in the 64th minute.

Needless to say, it was not the beginning that the philippineswho made his World Cup debut on Thursday, they were looking for.

The “World Cup NOW” team—Jimmy Conrad, Leslie Osborne and Melissa Ortiz—was joined by former Australia captain Kathryn Gill and Ariane Hingst, a two-time World Cup winner with Germany, and together they discussed whether they thought the Swiss got lucky with the opening penalty, which was confirmed after the VAR review.

Conrad: “I don’t know if it was going to change the final result. I think Switzerland would have created enough chances to win that game.”

Osborne: “I agree (with the call). That is the beauty of VAR.”

Ortiz: “I don’t think it was a penalty kick… Philippines: They obviously looked complacent, they couldn’t really chain passes. Switzerland had almost 75% possession in this game. Switzerland also had 16 shots compared to [the] The three shots from the Philippines. Switzerland dominated this entire matchup. … I think there’s a clear difference between playing a replay in slow motion and then living it out in real life. In real life, I think the timing…seemed a little more aggressive.”

Gill: “I think it’s the context (this wasn’t a goal threat) that needs to be taken into account. He’s running away from goal effectively, and the result of that is much greater than if it had happened anywhere else on the pitch. The consequences are much more serious, but… as soon as he makes contact, it’s a penalty any day of the week.”

Ask: “To be fair, she took a hit. It’s painful for me… because she was already tackling. She’s on the ground; she’s not on her feet yet, and the Filipina didn’t take her down… It’s a fair call. That’s the rule, but it’s tough.”

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