The football team of Indian women started on a great note at the SAFF Women’s Championship as they defeated Pakistan 3-0. They both were in Group A and the match was held at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu.
The defending champions of the tournament took the lead after 21 minutes of a goal by Pakistani player Maria Khan. Within 2 minutes, the score was 2-0 for India.
India broke into Pakistan’s defence with a huge number of attacks in the second half but at the same time suffered due to poor finishing. India’s third goal was by Soumya Guguloth in the 94th minute. India is now at the first spot in Group A with three points. The other two teams are Bangladesh and Maldives. Group B consists of Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
India vs Pakistan SAFF Women’s Championship: Highlights
The Indian team dominated the entire match against Pakistan in 90 minutes when Anju Tamang was omnipresent in the middle by making clinical passes to the strikers. the first goal was made by Sandhiya after the ball crossed Shahid Bukhari and the ball touched her hand while diving to her left. The rebound then hit Maria’s leg and touched the net.
The second goal was scored by Grace after Anju received the ball at the edge of the box and Grace smashed it near the post and gave India the lead for 2-0.
The last goal hit by Ranjana had beat Shahid’s goal post and India finally took the score to 3-0.
The top two teams from the highest points will be qualifying for the semifinals that’s going to be played on September 16. The final is set to take place on September 19.
India is the strongest team of the tournament as it had won all the past editions of the tournament (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2019).