International women’s football friendly: India vs Belarus, watch live streaming in India

The Indian women’s football team plays its second friendly in Uzbekistan, this time against Belarus on April 8 in Almalyk. Watch India vs Belarus live.

By Utathya Nag

Having lost to Uzbekistan, the Indian women’s football team will look to bounce back with a positive result when it faces Belarus in a women’s football international friendly match at the AGMK Stadium in Tashkent on Thursday.

Though they went down 1-0 to the hosts in their first encounter on Monday, the Indian eves put on a resilient display against an Uzbek team, placed 12 places above them in FIFA rankings. The Indians are ranked 53rd in the world while Uzbekistan 41st.

Led by Indumathi Kathiresan, India frustrated the Uzbeks for the majority of the contest while carving out a few good scoring opportunities of their own. The Blue Tigresses, however, couldn’t make the opportunities count and paid for it towards the end as Uzbekistan found a late winner through a free-kick.

Despite the final result, the Maymol Rocky-coached Indian side can take heart from its performance against a strong opposition and will look to build upon it when it faces Belarus – who are 56th in the FIFA Rankings.

Still looking for their first win since the COVID-19 break, the Belarus match may provide India the perfect opportunity to get the much-needed first win under their belt and step up their preparations for the women’s 2022 AFC Asian Cup.

India lost all their three friendlies against Russia, Serbia and Ukraine in Turkey in February before being edged out by Uzbekistan earlier this week.

Indian women’s football team squad for Belarus friendly

Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayansamy, M Linthoingambi Devi

Defenders: Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi Devi, Kritina Devi, Anju Tamang

Midfielders: Indumathi Kathiresan (captain), Manisha, Sangita Basfore, Martina Thokchom, Pyari Xaxa, Dangmei Grace, Soumya Guguloth

Forwards: Renu, Karishma Purushottam Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Sumati Kumari, Heigrujam Daya Devi

India vs Belarus live match start time

Time is in Indian Standard Time (IST)

Thursday, April 8

India vs Belarus – 4:30 PM IST

Where to watch India vs Belarus women’s football friendly live in India?

Live streaming of India vs Belarus women’s international football friendly will be available on the official YouTube channel of the Uzbekistan Football Association.

_Lead photo: AIFF