Indian women’s football team beats Chinese Taipei 1-0 in international friendly

Renu scored the goal for India in the third minute. The Indian women’s football team concluded its tour by winning three of its four international friendly matches. 

By Ubaid Parkar
Picture by AIFF

The Indian women’s football team concluded its latest exposure tour with a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei at the Hamad Town Stadium in Bahrain on Wednesday.

Renu scored the goal in the third minute and India, ranked 57th in the world, held on to the advantage against the world No. 40 Chinese Taipei.

India played four friendly matches during the tour as a part of the preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022, which will be held in India in February.

Earlier this month, the Indian football team beat the world No. 100 UAE 4-1 for their first win of the year and then lost 1-0 to the 77th ranked Tunisia. Both matches were played in the UAE. On Sunday, India blanked hosts Bahrain, ranked 85th, 5-0.

All four matches were played under new coach Thomas Dennerby, who joined the team in August.

India women have played nine matches this year and lost six. Earlier this year, the Indian women’s football team went down to Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Belarus, all ranked higher than the Indians.

The Indian women's team is expected to be in action next in Stockholm, Sweden later this month where it will take on top-tier Swedish clubs Hammarby Fotboll and Djurgårdens Fotboll.

Incidentally, Swede Thomas Dennerby has had coaching stints with both the clubs.