Denzel Jed Gaddi

The Philippine Women's Football Team fadeth in the west as it ended the Pinatar Cup in a thwarted fashion, losing to Iceland, 0-5, in San Pedro Del Pinatar, Spain, Wednesday (Philippine time).

Photo Courtesy of Philippine Star

Before the match, Filipinas faced a gloomy shade against Wales and Scotland, chipping in only one goal in their first tournament in Europe.

The Philippines looked to shake off their last combat’s defeat as they got a fleeting glimpse of the goal in Tahnai Annis’s foul. However, Maya Alcantara’s header could not pitch in an early game advantage.

Just after a commendable start from Filipinas, Iceland’s Amanda Andradottir launched a heave just from outside the box and bombed it again past Olivia McDaniel in the 51st minute to go up 2-0 heading into the payoff period.

The Iceland representatives did not look behind from there.

After kicking out a Selma Magnusdottir slot home in the 71st minute, Hlin Eiriksdottir scored a goal of her own off a flubbed pass in the 80th minute.

Alexandra Johannsdottir stamped the exclamation point for the 16th-ranked Iceland in the added time as she netted a header off Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir’s feed.

After their European stint, the Philippine representatives will be battling in the opening round of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in April and Southeast Asian Games in May.

The team is also revving up for their historic 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign in July, taking on New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland in Group A.

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