India clinch SAFF Women's title

Sun Online Desk

22nd March, 2019 07:25:19 printer

India clinch SAFF Women's title

India retained the SAFF Women's Championship title, beating hosts Nepal 3-1 in the final of the fourth edition at the Sahid Rangsala in Biratnagar of Nepal on Friday.


Dalima Chibbar opened the accounts for India in the 23rd minute after converting a free-kick from foul by Nepali defenders near 30 yards.


Nepal found the net in the 33rd minute with a six-yard-header from Sabitra Bhandari who shared the top-scorer title with India’s Indumati Katheresan with four goals.


Both the teams went to half-time with scores tied at 1-1.


In the 62nd minute, Grace Dangmei capitalised on Nepal’s defensive slip and ran past Goalkeeper Anjila Subba into the box and shot to goal giving India a 2-1 lead.


Also, Anju Tamang ran rampant over Nepal’s defence in the dying embers of the match and struck a fatal blow to Nepal’s title hopes taking the tally to 3-1.


Despite mounting substantial pressure against India’s defensive lineup, Nepal – as the day ended – had to settle for runner up title yet again.


With this, Nepal has clashed with India in the SAFF Women’s Championship finals for four times without a win in their records.


On the contrary, India has retained the champions’ title for the fifth time continuing their dominance in South Asian Women’s football.