May 11, 2021

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India Women’s team suffers narrow defeat against Belarus

The Indian women’s team played their second friendly in the Central Asian nation this year …

India’s women’s team suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat in a friendly against Belarus at AGMK Stadium in Tashkent on Thursday.

Maymol Rocky’s side lost to Uzbekistan in their first friendly in the Central Asian nation in preparation for the upcoming Asian Cup.

After a tight and scoreless first half, Belarus took the lead thanks to a penalty from Shuppo Nastassia and Pilipenka Hanna doubled their lead. Sangita Basfore pulled one out for India in overtime, but it was too little too late for India.

India’s quick start gave them an early chance to take the lead when Soumya Guguloth’s powerful shot from outside the box hit the crossbar. Forward Pyari Xaxa led the rebound over the bar.

Belarus had their chance to score halfway through half-time when midfielder Pilipenka Hanna was played on goal. She beat the goalkeeper with her striker but defender Ranjana Chanu denied the striker.

Belarus took the lead on a kick awarded for a foul in the box. Shuppo Nastassia scored the ball at home from 12 yards.

Belarus doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Pilipenka Hanna was introduced into the box and the striker found the net confidently.

India pulled one out in added time when Sangita Basfore found the net 30 yards away but there was not enough time for a late return.

India XI: Aditi Chauhan (GK); Wangkhem Linthoingambi Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Sweety Devi, Anju Tamang; Indumathi Kathiresan (C), Sangita Basfore, Dangmei Grace (Renu 88 ‘); Manisha Kalyan, Soumya Guguloth (Ashalata Devi 34 ‘, Sandhiya Ranganathan 58’), Pyari Xaxa.