Late goals lift Philippine Malditas past Nepal in AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers, 2-1

Tahnai Annis (#6) scored the Malditas' first goal against Nepal. Victor Fraile / Power Sport Images for The AFC

Tahnai Annis and Camille Wilson notched a pair of late goals to lift the Philippine Malditas over Nepal to open up their AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifying campaign, 2-1, on Saturday at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Despite the promises of relentless attacking from the Malditas in the build up to the match, it was Nepal who struck first in Tashkent.

Bimala Chadhaury got the Nepali side on the board first after heading home a Sabita Magar cross in the 9th minute.

Despite repeated incursions into the Nepal half, the Philippines had difficulty breaching the opposition backline for the majority of the contest.

Nepal held firm against an increasingly desperate Maldita team, but faltered in the dying moments of the game.

The Philippine equalizer finally came in the last minute of regulation, with Tahnai Annis turning in Chandler McDaniel's delivery in the 90th minute.

But the Malditas were not satisfied with the draw and immediately went back on the offensive.

Substitute Wilson -- who last played for the national team way back in 2016 -- scored the winner after latching on to Camille Rodriguez's driven cross in the 92nd minute.

The victory means a win against Hong Kong in their final fixture on Friday would assure their passage to the AFC Women's Asian Cup in India.

"Getting the game-winning goal was unbelievable," Wilson said. "Got to give credit to the whole team, we all played as a team. We all played hard until the final minute."