Live updates: Women's Football World Cup - New Zealand v Philippines at Wellington Regional Stadium

  • 25/07/2023

Kia ora and good afternoon to Newshub's live coverage of New Zealand's second match of the Women's World Cup against the Philippines at Wellington's Regional Stadium.

A win against the 46th-ranked side would go a long way to securing the hosts' place in the knockout rounds for the first time, after their historic opening win against Norway last week.

The Ferns are highly favoured to do precisely that against the Philippines, who fell 2-0 to Switzerland in their opening Group A fixture.

We'll have all of the action from kick-off at 5:30pm.

TAB betting odds:

New Zealand - $1.29 Philippines - $9.00


New Zealand

Goalkeepers: Victoria Esson,  Anna Leat, Erin Nayler

Defenders: Elizabeth Anton, CJ Bott, Katie Bowen, Claudia Bunge, Daisy Cleverley, Michaela Foster, Ali Riley, Rebekah Stott

Midfielders: Olivia Chance, Betsy Hassett, Annalie Longo, Ria Percival, Malia Steinmetz

Forwards: Milly Clegg, Jacqui Hand, Grace Jale, Gabi Rennie, Indiah-Paige Riley, Paige Satchell, Hannah Wilkinson


Goalkeepers: Kiara Fontanilla, Kaiya Jota, Olivia McDaniel

Defenders: Alicia Barker, Angela Beard, Reina Bonta, Malea Cesar, Jessika Cowart, Sofia Harrison, Hali Long, Dominique Randle

Midfielders: Tahnai Annis, Ryley Bugay, Anicka Castañeda, Sara Eggesvik, Quinley Quezada, Jaclyn Sawicki

Forwards: Sarina Bolden, Isabella Flanigan, Carleigh Frilles, Katrina Guillou, Chandler McDaniel, Meryll Serrano

New Zealand's Malia Steinmetz.
New Zealand's Malia Steinmetz. Photo credit: Getty Images

New Zealand not resting on laurels after history-making victory over Norway

By Alex Powell 

The job's not done. 

That's the message from the Football Ferns, even after their historic victory to open the Women's World Cup on Thursday night.

Previously winless at World Cups, the Football Ferns set the tournament alight with a 1-0 victory over Norway at Eden Park - despite a 14-place difference between the two sides in FIFA's global rankings.

Now though, the goalposts have definitely shifted.

From a side who'd never won at a World Cup before, the Football Ferns can now become the first senior team to advance to the knockout stage of a senior tournament.

Games against the Philippines in Wellington on Tuesday, and Switzerland in Dunedin next Sunday stand between the Ferns and progression, with another win to guarantee a spot in the next round.

But, while the dust settles on Thursday's history-making victory, goalscorer Hannah Wilkinson said the team's focus has not shifted in the slightest. 

"[It was] amazing, absolutely incredible, everyone's stoked," said Wilkinson. "The energy is really, really high. Everyone's in high spirits at the moment.

"Honestly, we're all just ecstatic. But what's really special though, is while we are celebrating and extremely happy, we're already thinking about and preparing for the next game. We know how important that is.

"While it was historic and an amazing achievement, we've still got a big job to do."

Recent history is on the Football Ferns' side.

Last September, Jitka Klimkova's side came from 0-1 down to beat their next opponents in a friendly match in Oslo.

What's more, the Football Ferns will get a look at both of their next opponents on Friday night, when the Philippines meet Switzerland in Dunedin. 

And now brimming with confidence after toppling Norway - the strongest side in Group A - the Football Ferns can bank on their recent history to make it two wins from two, and book their ticket into the round of 16.

"We will review the game against Norway," said Klimkova. "We'll focus on things we've done well, things we want to keep improving. Those are our processes that are happening after every game.

"We've studied the Philippines, we've played them, we know them very well. We'll be watching tonight's game against Switzerland, then we have three days to get ready for it.

"The preparation will be very similar to how we did it against Norway. Those nine weeks we spent together, we were preparing for all three games with this team.

"We already have a lot of knowledge of the Philippines, and now we'll just focus on little details that'll help us to beat them, again."

But even on the cusp of even more history with progression from the group, Klimkova is not counting her chickens. 

"We go game by game, step by step," Klimkova added. "Philippines are next.

"We'll totally focus on that game, and see what happens."