Indian women champs
India continued their dominance at the SAFF Women’s Championship by lifting their fifth straight title with a 3-1 victory over hosts Nepal in the...
Biratnagar (Nepal): India continued their dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship by lifting their fifth straight title with a 3-1 victory over hosts Nepal in the final here on Friday.
With this win India have extended their unbeaten run in the tournament's history to 23 games.
India scored through Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute Anju Tamang at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium.
Right-back Chhibber opened the scoring for India. In the 26th minute, she smashed the ball past the keeper from a free-kick from 30 yards with a powerful drive and put the defending champions into a 1-0 lead.
In the 34th minute though, Sabitra equalised for the hosts as she rose high above her marker and headed the ball into the back of the Indian net.
The break saw both sides locked at a goal apiece.
India's pressure paid off in the 63rd minute as Sanju put Grace through on goal with a delightful through ball. The winger swiftly broke through, showed great composure and slotted the ball home to restore India's advantage.
Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang in place of Sandhiya midway through the second half at the top of the pitch and in the 78th minute, the move paid rich dividends as she slammed the ball on the volley for India's third goal.