SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 football: Bangladesh condemn India to first-ever loss

India lost 3-0 to Bangladesh to lose their first-ever match at the SAFF Women’s Championship and finish second in Group A. They will face Nepal in the semi-finals.

By Olympics.com
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Five-time champions India finished second in Group A of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 after a 3-0 loss to Bangladesh at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday.

It was India’s first-ever loss at the SAFF Women’s Championship since the tournament began in 2010.

Bangladesh, who sit 89 places below 58th-ranked India, caused the upset courtesy goals from Jahan Shopna and Srimoti Sarkar to finish top of the group. 

The Indian women’s football team, though, had already qualified for the semi-finals, where they will play hosts Nepal, the Group B toppers, on Friday.

Bangladesh took the early attacking initiative and scored as early as the seventh minute but the goal was ruled out because of a foul in the build-up. India had a couple of tentative shots which did not test the Bangladesh goalkeeper.

Undeterred, Bangladesh continued to attack and took the lead in the 12th minute as Jahan Shopna found space after a good attacking move to score past Aditi Chauhan in the Indian goal.

They soon doubled their lead as the dangerous Jahan Shopna linked up well with strike partner Srimoti Sarkar and the latter scored a well-taken goal as Bangladesh carried their lead to half-time.

Within seven minutes of the restart, Bangladesh scored their third goal of the game as Jahan Shopna’s shot found its way past Aditi Chauhan to triple the lead.

Shopna was taken off around the hour mark before she could complete her hat-trick. India searched for a response but could not find a way past the Bangladeshi defence with substitute Soumya Guguloth going closest.

Bangladesh looked the more likely side to score and almost got a fourth goal towards the end but they had done more than enough to inflict a historic defeat on defending champions India.

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