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12/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/14/2019 00:43

IndiaIndia go down to Sweden in opening tie December 14 2019

Mumbai: India suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their opening U-17 Women's Football Tournament 2019 match at the the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.

Sweden scored twice in the first half to record a convincing win against an India side preparing for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on home soil.

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Sweden started brightly and took the lead in the fourth minute with Matilda Vinberg converting a spot-kick.

India came close to equalising shortly after, creating two chances in consecutive minutes as Lynda Kom charged down the left and took a shot from the edge of the box that was saved by the Swedish custodian in the 11th minute.

Moments later, Sunita Munda beat her marker down the right flank and put in a cross towards Sumati Kumari. However, a Swedish defender came in with a last-minute challenge and the defence cleared the ball away.

The game became a midfield battle as both sides looked to pass their way past the opposition. India goalkeeper Manju Ganjhu showed great alertness on two occasions, rushing outside the penalty area to clear the ball away.

In the 21st minute, Lynda broke through once again and registered a powerful effort that drew a good save from the Sweden keeper.

Manju made another save in the 24th minute but a minute later, Sweden doubled their advantage through Ida Weidenberg. The forward ran down the left flank with the ball and slotted it into the far corner.

The second half began just as the first ended, with both teams battling it out.

India head coach Thomas Dennerby rang in the changes as Jyoti Kumari, Purnima Linda, Sai Sankhe, Anisha Baxla, Aveka Singh and Mariyammal came on off the bench over the course of the second half.

The Indian defence, marshalled by skipper Shilky Devi, repelled the Swedish attack as Sumati Kumari posed danger for the opposition on a number of occasions, breaking past the backline.

As the match drew to a close, Sweden scored in stoppage time through Monica Bah to make it three as they picked up the three points.

Sweden will play Thailand on Sunday, with India facing the Southeast Asians on Tuesday. The top two teams at the end of the round robin competition will advance to Thursday's final.

Source: All India Football Federation

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