The Indian women’s football side Tuesday missed out a chance to qualify for the third round of the Olympic 2020 qualifiers after it was held to a 3-3 draw by Myanmar. Olympic Football fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Football Tickets online.
The Maymol Rocky coached side, with an average age of 21, wanted a win to top Group A of the Olympic 2020 qualifiers Round 2 but wasted the lead twice to play out a draw and bow out of the rivalry at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium.
India and Myanmar got seven points each from three games but the home side progressed to the third round on the base of larger goal change. Only one side qualifies for the third round from each group. Indian women held by Myanmar, bow out on goal change.
Sandhiya Ranganathan gave India an early lead in the 10th minute but Myanmar’s hat-trick woman Win Tun found the equalizer in the 17th minute. Tun scored again in the 21st minute but Sanju canceled it out in the 32nd minute. Ratanbala Devi gave India the lead with a 64th-minute strike but Tun leveled it yet again in the 72nd minute to complete her hat-trick.
The Indian women’s side, ranked 62nd in the world, showed their aggressive intent initial on against Myanmar, ranked 42nd in the FIFA ranking. Sanju came close to hand India the lead as early as in the second minute when her shot from close range, off a Dangmei Grace cross, went out for a corner.
The Indian women had to wait eight minutes more before surging into the lead. In the 10th minute, Ratanbala burst out on the right flank and released a low cross for Sandhiya, who made no mistake to finish from inside the box.
The principal, though, was short-lived as Myanmar counted two goals in five minutes. First, Tun controlled home in the 17th minute and four minutes later, scored next a spot Kick.
Indian goalkeeper Linthoi Devi dived to her right to save the penalty but Tun, lurching around, scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 for the home side. India’s hard work down the sides and in the midfield bore ovary in the 32nd minute.
Myanmar goalkeeper May New bungled her lines and made a blunder of permission that fell to Ratanbala, who chested it down for Sanju and she made no error in burying the accidental into the back of the net. Both sides headed to the interval at 2-2.
In the second half, Myanmar dominated the opening minutes, forcing the Indian defense to shut the opponents with some astute defending. Sweety Devi’s flawlessly timed challenge on Tun showcased the adulthood displayed by the young side.
In the 64th minute, Ratanbala gave India 3-2 lead. The midfielder cut into the box from the right flank and sent a curling shot which crashed into the back of the Myanmar net leaving the opponent custodian dumbfounded.
But eight minutes later, Tun completed her hat-trick, finishing from close range to equalize for Myanmar. India could have closed the game in their favor in the 76th minute when Sanju ran strong of the apologetic line, but the Myanmar guardian made a world-class save from close variety to tip the Indian’s shot over the bar.
A minute later, Dangmei Grace burst through but this time the custodian put her body on the line to shield the ball.
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