The Indian women’s football team suffered a narrow 1-2 loss to Belarus on Thursday at the AGMK Stadium. As both sides played an even first half, Belarus took the lead thanks to a penalty from Shuppo Nastassia before Pilipenka Hanna doubled her lead. Meanwhile, India’s Sangita Basfore pulled one into overtime. After a strong performance against Uzbekistan, India started with a high pace in the first half, and almost took the lead in three minutes, when Soumya Guguloth’s shot from outside the box hit the Belarusian crossbar. Forward Pyari Xaxa managed to put his head on the rebound, but his effort curled the goal and was out of play.
Anju Tamang, looked sharp, playing good full back position, often making forays into the opposition zone. Not only did she help on the offense, Anju also came back to make some crucial blocks and affect a few turnovers in possession.
Around quarter past 15, Manisha dribbled past a few defenders and made his way into the opposition zone, before falling back to the attention of Belarusian defenders. However, the referee stirred the game.
A few minutes later Belarus had a great scoring opportunity, when midfielder Pilipenka Hanna was played on goal. She slipped her shot past the keeper, but Indian defender Ranjana Chanu recovered well in time to eliminate the danger.
Indian head coach Maymol Rocky gave experienced defender Ashalata Devi a boost towards the end of the first half, bringing Soumya back to her place, as both teams made their way to the table-level locker room. on board.
Belarus took the lead after the change, as they managed to send the ball into the Indian net, but the referee quickly whistled, signaling that one of their attackers was in an offside position during the match. ramp-up.
However, India quickly started to settle in the second half as well. A minute after the hour, Manisha Kalyan climbed up the left flank to enter the opposition zone and send a low cross. However, he escaped striker Pyari Xaxa, who tried unsuccessfully to bring a vital touch to the ball.
A few minutes later, Belarus received a penalty after one of their attackers was accused of being the victim of a foul inside the Indian area. Nastassia placed the ball to the left of Aditi Chauhan, who had dived in the right direction, but the ball was just out of reach.
Belarus doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Pilipenka Hanna was played in the Indian penalty area, and she pressed her shot between the keeper and the nearest post; as the ball hit the upright and piled up.
India looked determined to get back into the game after that, and Indumathi immediately found Manisha on the left with a passing ball. The latter pulled the trigger after sprinting into the Belarusian surface, but her effort was saved.
With around five minutes of regulation time remaining, India won a free kick near the Belarusian zone. Sangita Basfore stood over the dead ball and threaded her shoelaces through it, but her effort sailed a few inches wide.
Basfore recovered one later in extra time, as she pulled the trigger about 30 yards. The Belarusian keeper managed to put a glove on it, but Sangita’s shot was too powerful, as the ball deflected from the keeper’s gloves and into the net.
However, there was not much time left for a comeback, as the referee quickly ended the game.
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