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Disrupted by a first half burst by the Koreans, the visiting world no. 39 Filipinas' late push was not enough as they absorbed a 2-1 rout in the second of their back-to-back friendly matches on Monday evening at the Incheon Sports Complex, South Korea.

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The 20th-ranked Korea Republic showcased their ball control mastery, outclassing the Philippines, as they capitalized on 73.8% of their overall possession stats compared to the Filipinas who struggled to pace their own possession with 26.2%.

On grip with field familiarity, the Taegeuk Ladies waxed hot right at the get go with Choo Hyo-Joo drilling their first goal in the opening minute, pressing the Filipinas to trail behind for the remainder of the match.

The South Koreans, then, sustained their momentum as Choe Yu-ri bulldozed her way into the Filipinas defensive doors to uncork their second goal in the 33rd minute.

However, the former 2023 Women's World Cup debutants looked to turn the tide in the second salvo after Angela Beard converted off a free kick from way outside the box to register the Philippines' first goal of the year.

But the South Koreans seemed to possess vigilant eyes as they immediately halted the Filipinas' efforts, hoarding the ball possessions the rest of the way to cap off the win.

The Philippines head coach Mark Torcaso expressed that he was pleased with their performance in their second friendly against the hosts.

"It was a bit of a rollercoaster, up-and-down. Obviously, we conceded a goal in the first 35 seconds of the game. And the way the players responded to those first few minutes of the game was absolutely excellent," said Torcaso in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Meanwhile, the Filipinas also saw a new player, Alessandrea Carpio, make her debut for the national team.

The South Koreans previously handed the Filipinas a 3-nil drubbing in their first friendly match on Monday in the same venue.