Minggu, 16 September 2012

SAFF Women's Cup: India beat Nepal 3-1, defend title!

Defending champions India retained their title by defeating Nepal 3-1 in the final of the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship at the CR&FC Place ground in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Nepal took a surprise third minute lead through a Dipa Adhikari strike off a Anu Lama pass, but favourites India weren't shocked and equalised only five minutes later through a Supriya Routray goal. Thereafter it was an open game with better chances for India, but it remained one-all at the break as the Nepal defence was able to fend off the Indian attackers.

Nepal came out as the better team after the break, but they couldn't score of their chances and after about 10 minutes India took control of the game but missed a few chances before captain Oinam Bembem Devi put India ahead in the 66th minute. It remained an open game thereafter as Nepal missed a couple of chances, but India secured their victory with a goal from midfielder Yumnam Kamala Devi in the 83rd minute to make it 3-1.

In the end the Indian Women won 3-1 to win the 2nd edition of the SAFF Women's Championship and continue to dominate women's football in South Asia, but Nepal played a good match and tournament to pose a challenge to our Indian Women.

Sita Sharma - Ashem Romi Devi, Kangujam Rebika Devi, Alochana Senapati, Suprava Samal - Supriya Routray, Yumnam Kamala Devi, Oinam Bembem Devi [C], Tuli Goon - Sasmita Malik, Irom Prameshwori Devi

Namita Dali - Bhagwati Thapa, Usha, Jamuna, Dipa Adhikari, Chandra, Anu Lama, Pramila Rai (Krishna Khatri), Niru Thapa, Sajana Rana (Laxmi Poudel), Ghim Kumari

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