Despite losing 0-1 to Bangladesh, India became champions of the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championships 2022 due to better goal difference here on Friday. India enjoyed a better goal difference of +11 against +3 for Bangladesh.
The tournament’s valuable player and top scorer was Lynda Kom who scored five goals in total.
In the final game of the championship, Bangladesh beat India by just one goal. India, however, had taken the initiative in the 5th minute when Shubhangi managed to find space in the opposition box and attempted a shot which went straight to Bangladeshi goalkeeper Rupna.
India were unlucky to be denied by the post in the 40th minute when Nitu, all in the clear, put it past Rupna to see the ball bounce off the post and straight into Rupna’s hands – as both teams headed into the goalless locked interval.
In exchange, India head coach Thomas Dennerby brought on Poonam in place of Shubhangi in the 46th minute.
In the 60th minute India captain Shilky Devi attempted a long-range shot but an agile Rupna was unbeaten. A few substitutions followed when Martina and Sunita were replaced by Naketa and Amisha respectively.
With time running out for Bangladesh, they gave their all in attack and Aklima Khatun put them ahead in the 74th minute with a shot from outside the box.
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