India women’s football team lose to Tunisia in international friendly

Tunisia’s Heuij scored their only goal of the match in their 1-0 win. India have now lost six of their seven matches this year.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by All India Football Federation

The Indian women’s football team endured a 1-0 loss to lower-ranked Tunisia in a friendly match at the FA Stadium in Dubai on Monday.

India, who beat the UAE 4-1 on Saturday, are ranked 57th while Tunisia is world No. 77.

In Monday’s match, the Indian football team was undone by an eighth-minute free-kick goal by Heuij.

The Indians tried hard to restore parity in the remaining minutes of the match and Pyari Xaxa even found the Tunisia net from a corner in the second-half. The goal, however, was disallowed because of a foul against India during the build-up.

The match eventually ended 1-0 in Tunisia’s favour as India resigned to their sixth defeat in seven matches this calendar year.

India lost to Ukraine, Serbia and Russia during their tour to Turkey back in February before succumbing to Uzbekistan and Belarus in friendlies back in April. Saturday’s win over UAE was their first win of 2021.

The Indian football team will head to Bahrain next where they will play two more friendly matches against the host nation and Chinese Taipei. The Thomas Dennerby-coached side is likely to head to Sweden later in the year to face a few teams from the Damallsvenskan League -- Sweden’s top-tier women’s football competition.

India are preparing for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 which will be held across venues in Mumbai and Pune early next year.