The Indian women’s team suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in their third and final group match of the SAIF Women’s Championship in Kathmandu on Tuesday. MS Jahan Shopana scored one goal for Bangladesh while Mrs. Sarkar scored one to hand the defeat to India. The defeat, however, had no impact on India’s semi-final qualification, as the Blue Tigresses have already cemented their place in the last four, where they are set to take on Nepal at the same venue on Saturday.
Bangladesh picked up the early momentum, and took the lead in the 12th minute, when Sarkar bowled a ball to Shopana, which slipped between the two defenders, and sent it to the keeper to help her side advance.
India had their first chance of the game on day 19, when Anju Tamang earned a free-kick 22 yards from goal. Youngster Priyangka Devi stepped on the dead ball, but it was pushed a bit wide by the woodwork.
Minutes later, Sarkar doubled Bangladesh’s lead as she entered the Indian box from the left and passed the keeper.
India tried several long diagonals to catch the Bangladeshi high-line off guard, but to no avail, as the first half ended soon after and took a two-goal lead in the tunnel.
The Blue Tigresses got off to a good start in the second half, and soon earned a free-kick on the right flank, which was sent by Priangka to Renu, who was freed from her marker.
However, the ball took a strange bounce off the turn, passed through Renu’s stomach and went safely into the hands of Bangladesh keeper Rupana Chakma.
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