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Malditas routed by rampant Taipei in round 1 finale

Michelle Pao's star power was just too much for the Malditas to handle as Chinese Taipei mauled them in their Group A finale. Tajikistan Football Federation
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA—Despite securing its qualification to the second round of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Philippines ended its first round as Group A bridesmaids to Chinese Taipei  after they were routed them for five without reply Tuesday afternoon in Hisor, Tajikistan (evening Manila time).

The loss was the second straight time the Malditas ended their qualifying campaign flatly in Central Asia, just like last year when Jordan routed them for five in their final Women's Asian Cup qualifier.

Let Dimzon's ladies were badly routed by the northern neighbors despite both sides finishing the match with ten women each, with goals by Lai Li-chin and Lee Hsiu-chin in the 41st and 44th minute, respectively gave the Taiwanese a 2-0 lead at the half.

Yu Hsiu-chin made the Filipinas pay for Sara CastaƱeda's penalty miss to triple their lead in the 57th minute that put the Group A race beyond doubt that made the Filipinas lost control soon afterwards.

Kyla Inquig was the casualty alongside Lai right at the hour for their fighting that caused both sides to be shorthanded for the final thirty minutes.

Lee completed her brace five minutes after the commotion, with Lin Hsin-hui completing the rout nine minutes before full time.

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