The Indian women’s soccer team lost its lead twice on Thursday to finally suffer a 2-3 loss in the hands of the Swedish top team Hammarby IF in a friendly match here at Hammarby IP Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. Hammarby IF, who are the former champions of the Dammalsvenska league, rode Nina Jakobsson’s goal in each half to complete a narrow victory over India.
India had started on a lighter tone during the first half, when Sangita intercepted the ball near the opponent’s area and recorded it in Pyari Xaxa. The forward tried to dribble the goalkeeper but was stopped on her trail. India continued to knock on the Hammarby doors many times, even when Pyari floated up on the edge and played it to Anju whose cross was knocked out of the box by the Hammarby goalkeeper.
Indumathi gave India the lead after half an hour, when she jerked past a defender, before rounding the goalkeeper to release it. The lead lasted only six minutes, when Jakobsson soon equalized for the Swedish club. The tide turned in India’s favor again four minutes later, when a corner by Anju Tamang was nodded into the net by Manisa Panna, as the referee soon put an end to the first half.
Martina, who had replaced the injured Sangita earlier, made a crazy run on the left wing, cut past a defender, before she was finally removed. Hammarby was even minutes later, Amanda Sundström nodded in a post, to get the point back again.
India soon went to regain their lead. Manisha worked her way up to the edge of the box before hitting the trigger, but it was straight at the goalkeeper. With about 12 minutes of regular time left on the clock, Jakobsson played a part in the winner, who in the end was considered to have turned over the line by Ranjana Chanu (own goal).
Start XI: Aditi Chauhan (GK) (Linthoingambi Devi 55 ‘), Dalima Chhibber, Ashalata Devi (C), Manisa Panna, Sanju (Ranjana Chanu 86’), Sangita Basfore (Martina Thokchom 35 ‘), Indumathi Kathiresan, Anju Tamang ( Ritu Rani 77 ‘), Soumya Guguloth (Dangmei Grace 11’), Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa (Renu 77 ‘). (ANI)
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