SAFF U-18: India beat Bhutan 1-0; finish third

SAFF U-18: India beat Bhutan 1-0; finish third

Agency News

New Delhi, Oct 8: The Indian U-18 Women’s National Team finished third in the SAFF U-18 Championship after defeating hosts Bhutan 1-0 in the third place match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday.

Devneta Roy’s 73rd minute strike proved to be the difference between the two teams in a tight match where both teams matched each other blow for blow.

The Indian eves controlled the tempo of the match in the opening minutes and dominated possession. In the 11th minute, a shot for India from inside the box went inches past the goal as the eves tried to take an early lead.

Four minutes later, Devneta Roy failed to tap home from close range after a cross from the left flank found her. Two back to back chances for Balamurugan failed to see the light the day as the Indian eves upped the ante. First, in the 24th minute her shot from inside the box went past goal from a tight angle and in the 27th minute, with no real pressure her header went over the bar.

Despite creating the bulk of chances, complacency in front of goal led the Indian eves to a stalemate at half-time as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging with the score line reading 0-0. (UNI)