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The Philippines struck two goals late to escape with a 2-1 win over Nepal Saturday, Sept. 18 in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers at the Jar Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Tahnai Annis produced the equalizer in the 89th minute before substitute Camille Wilson delivered the winner in stoppage time as the Filipina booters moved closer towards claiming top spot in Group F and qualify for next year’s continental competition.

A jubilant team celebrated the victory that seemed unlikely after Nepal scored the opener courtesy of Bimala Chadhaury nine minutes into the match.

Things looked bleak for coach Marlon Maro’s side until the Philippines turned things around in stunning fashion.

A cross by Chandler McDaniel from the right flank led to a right-footed equalizer from Annis, who returned to the national side for the first time since the 2018 Women’s Asian Cup.

Substitute Camille Rodriguez sent a cross to McDaniel a few minutes later, but the ball sailed past her while being marked by two defenders.

But Wilson was unmarked on the far side and smashed a low attempt off Nepali goalkeeper Anija Tumbapo Subba in the 91st minute.

By getting the full three points, the Philippines needs to beat Hong Kong on its final Group F campaign on Sept. 24 to secure a second straight appearance in the continental tournament which also serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Source: Manila Bulletin (