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SAFF Women’s Championship 2022: India lose their final group match against Bangladesh

SAFF Women's Championship 2022 India vs Bangladesh
Source: AIFF Media

The Indian Women’s Team suffered a 0-3 loss at the hands of Bangladesh in their third and final match in Group A of the SAFF Women’s Championship at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

MS Jahan Shopna netted a brace for Bangladesh, while Srimoti Sarkar got one to her name, to hand the defeat to India. However, this defeat had no impact on India’s semifinal qualification, as the Blue Tigresses had already booked their spot in the last four, where they are set to take on Nepal on Saturday, September 16, 2022 at the same venue.

Bangladesh had the early impetus, and took the lead on the 12th minute, when Sarkar threaded a ball through to Shopna, who slotted in between two defenders, and sent it past the keeper, to put her side in the lead.

India had their first chance of the game on the 19th, when Anju Tamang earned a free-kick 22 yards from goal. Youngster Priyangka Devi stepped up to the dead ball, but curled it just wide of the woodwork.

Minutes later, Sarkar doubled Bangladesh’s lead, as she darted into the Indian box from the left flank and finished past the keeper.

India tried to attempt several long diagonals to catch the Bangladeshi high-line off guard, but to no avail, as the first half soon came to an end with the latter taking a two-goal lead into the tunnel.

The Blue Tigresses started off well in the second half, and soon earned a free-kick on the right flank, that was sent in by Priyangka, towards Renu, who had broken free of her marker. However, the ball took an awkward bounce off the turn, ricocheted off Renu’s stomach and went safely into Bangladesh keeper Rupna Chakma’s hands.

As the golden opportunity was missed, there was more misery in store for the Indians a few minutes later. Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun broke free on a counter attack and fed a through pass to Shopna, who duly rounded the keeper and slotted it into the net, making it three for her side.

India head coach Suren Chettri brought in the chances, as he introduced Soumya Guguloth and Kiran Pisda into the game, in place of Ratanbala Devi and Sandhiya Ranganathan. The changes did bear some fruit in the form of a few attacks, as Anju Tamang often linked up with Soumya, to orchestrate a few attacks on the right. However, the Bangladesh defence stood firm and saw out the danger, taking home the three points.

Bangladesh top Group A with 9 points, having won their three games, and will face Bhutan in the semifinal on September 16.

AIFF Media

Okay, let's breakdown this unacceptable 3-0 loss to Bangladesh in the SAFF Women's Championship!

1. For quite some time now, we've seen Bangladesh build their women's football through schools. They've come here for Subroto Cup and defeated us. This is just logical progression.

2. We don't have any concept of encouraging proper play in school. We don't get them in the game early enough.

3. Two out of the three goals, we lost the ball in the midfield and Bangladesh were very quick to transition. We talk about fitness but we weren't quick enough.

4. Bangladesh constantly attempted to keep the ball with them even if that meant passing back to the keeper. We, on the other hand, don't involve the keeper at all.

5. Bangladesh exploited the spaces between the centre-backs and the wing-backs and so, we either weren't compact enough or we didn't communicate well or we weren't alert or we were too slow to get back.

We can say it was a bad day but none of us who have followed Indian women's football regularly can say this was very surprising!

Originally tweeted by Abreshmina S Quadri (@abreshmina) on 13th September 2022.

One Might Wonder How #Bangladesh Women Football Developed At Such Rocket Speed, Credit Must Goes To PM Hasina, In 2010 She Started Bongo Mata School Football Tournament For Girls, Now Each Session From 65000 School's 11 Lakh School Girls Participate In It.

Most Players R Frm It

Bongo Mata Goldcup Tournament Started In 2010, It Involves 65000 Schools Across Bangladesh, 11 Lakh Women Players. ( School Girls)

Best Girls Selected From Their Represent Bangladesh In Under 15, 17, 19 .

Most Girls Of This Team Came Via Their School Of This Tournament

This Is Rituporna Chakma The Star Of Today's Match And Goal Scorer Of Last Match Vs Pakistan.

The First Photo Of Her From Bongomata School Football Tournament Around 8 Years Back.

PM Hasina Personally Wanted Beside Men, Women's Football Get Equal Support For Women Empowerment

People Criticizing Under This Tweet Should Read This Thread, Might Take A Idea Bangladesh Wasn't Fringe Team That Just Came And Beat India.

It Was 7-8 Years Of Hard Work They Came Here.

And Last Not The Least This Girls Selected From School Level, Among 11 Lakh Players Won AFC U17 Qualifiers, Player AFC CUP U17 As Top 8 Asian Team, Drew Vs Mighty Aussies Who R Far Superior.

In AFC U17 Ban Played In 2017, 2019

India Didn't Qualify Since 2005

Basically Bangladesh Didn't Have Any Women's Structure, So Except 2-3 Players They Don't Have Any Senior Players To Rely, So They Played This Young Girls Who Came Through System.

This Girls Won Saff U19 Finals In December,

Now Straight To Senior Level

Only Experience Lacking

Originally tweeted by বাংলার ছেলে 🇧🇩 (@iSoumikSaheb) on 13th September 2022.

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