SAFF U-15 Women’s Champs: India clinch title dethroning Bangladesh
India clinched the title of the six-nation 2nd SAFF Under-15 Women’s Championship for the first time dethroning Bangladesh by 1-0 goal in the final at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Saturday. Reports UNB.
With the day’s victory, India not only lifted the women’s regional soccer trophy, but also took revenge of their 0-1 goal defeat against Bangladesh in the final of the first edition of the meet in Dhaka last year.
This was the first defeat of the Bangladesh girls after seven consecutive victories in both the editions of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship without conceding any goal.
In the first edition held in Dhaka in 2017, Bangladesh beat India twice -- 1-0 in the final and by 3-0 in the group stage –- after outplaying Bhutan by 3-0 and Nepal by 6-0 goals to be the champions of the inaugural meet.
Sunita Munda scored the match winner for India in the 66th minute of the final with a running shot from the goalmouth melee, utilizing a right wing corner kick (1-0).
Bangladesh came close to level the margin in the 76th minute but a long-distance shot of Monika Chakma bounced back hitting the crossbar.
High-flying Bangladesh, which stormed the final with all-win record and keeping their post intact beating hosts Bhutan by 5-0 goals in the second semifinal, failed to exhibit an eye-catching show in the final against physically superior India.
Bangladesh were found off-colored and nervous and they made a series of miss-passes that cost them dearly despite a flying start in the tournament.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group B champions to reach the semifinal outplaying Nepal by 3-0 goals after a stunning start of 14-0 win against Pakistan.
India reached the final, having a 2-1 win against Nepal in the first semifinal being Group A champions beating Bhutan by 1-0 goal after an emphatic 12-0 win against Sri Lanka.