Sarina Bolden celebrates scoring their first goal during the New Zealand v Philippines match of the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Image Credit: Reuters

Wellington: For the first time, the Philippines won a World Cup match as they stunned co-hosts New Zealand on Tuesday.

Sarina Bolden experienced a moment of brilliance after she gave the Filipinas their first-ever goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Coach Alen Stajcic of the Philippines had stated on the day of the New Zealand game that his team wanted to "crash the party," and they accomplished exactly that with a valiant 1-0 victory in Wellington in front of 32,357 spectators.

Historic goal

Bolden's only goal, header, in the first half for a famous Philippine win is the country's first at either a men's or women's World Cup. It also blows Group A wide open.

The Philippines, who lost 2-0 to Switzerland on their World Cup debut, face Norway on Sunday in the final round of group games. New Zealand clash with Switzerland on the same day with everything to play for.

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Meanwhile teenage star Linda Caicedo scored to help Colombia surge past South Korea. Norway face Switzerland later Tuesday.

"I can't believe what we have achieved," said tearful Philippines midfielder Sara Eggesvik.

"It shows that it's possible to do something big."

Bolden's goal was a scrappy one, but they won't care.

After New Zealand conceded a free-kick, Bolden out-jumped the home defence to head the ball at home goalkeeper Victoria Esson, who could only watch in horror as her attempted parry looped over her into the net.

Those rooting for the Philippine side erupted in delirious jubilation at Bolden's goal, and the team's victory.

New Zealand pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half but failed to find their way past the resolute Philippine defence.

"It's so heartbreaking for everyone in this team," said New Zealand's Czech coach Jitka Klimkova, whose side beat former champions Norway 1-0 in the opening game of the tournament for a first-ever World Cup win of their own.

"We were fighting until the end, but it wasn't enough."

Another planet

Colombia were too good for a blunt South Korea with a 2-0 victory in the first game of the day.

Eighteen-year-old striker Caicedo, who overcame cancer three years ago, was the beneficiary of a glaring goalkeeping error when Yoon Young-geul allowed the striker's shot to squirm through her hands.

Catalina Usme had scored a penalty to put the South Americans in front on the half-hour in bright sunshine in Sydney before Caicedo got the second nine minutes later.

South Korea coach Colin Bell brought on US-born attacker Casey Phair as they chased the game in the second half. At 16 years and 26 days, she made history as the youngest Women's World Cup player ever.

But it was all about Caicedo and one of the best young attackers in women's football has now scored at the Under-17 World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup and on the biggest stage of all.

Assistant Angelo Marsiglia, standing in for Colombia coach Nelson Abadia - who was suspended for the game - called Caicedo "extraordinary".

"She wants the ball, never hides, she's from another planet, entirely unique," he said.

Colombia move onto three points in Group H with Germany, who thrashed Morocco 6-0 on Monday. Germany and Colombia meet next.

Up for the challenge

Spain, one of the favourites to topple holders the United States, headline Wednesday's action in Australia and New Zealand.

The Spaniards were easy winners 3-0 over Costa Rica in their opener and will be looking to rack the goals up once more against Zambia.

The African side are the lowest-ranked team in the competition and were thrashed 5-0 by Japan in their opening match, but captain Barbra Banda said they were "up for the challenge" against La Roja.

"We started with a loss but that doesn't mean that we have to look down on ourselves," she said.

Also on Wednesday, the 2011 champions Japan play Costa Rica in the same group.

Canada clash with Ireland in the last game of the day.