India beat Bangladesh 3-1 to clinch fourth SAFF Women's Football Championship title

04 January 2017, 08:57 PM
File Photo of Indian Women Football Team
File Photo of Indian Women Football Team

India has beaten Bangladesh 3-1 to win the SAFF Women's Football Championship. This is India's fourth consecutive SAFF Women's Championship.

India's first goal came in the 12th minute throughstriker Dangmei Grace, who got a slight touch and the ballslowly rolled into the empty net with rival goalkeeper SabinaAkhtar caught in a dilemma.     

It set the tone for the match. The match being a finalmeant that Bangladesh had to shrug off their defensiveaspirations and that allowed India the width and space.

India had entered the final after a 3-1 drubbing of Nepal while Bangladesh had beaten Maldives 6-0 in the other semifinals. Bangladesh are playing in their maiden final of the SAFF Women’s Championship.

India coach Sajid Dar described the win as a "team effort". "It is hard to single out any single player. Right from the goalkeeper to our defenders to the midfielders to the strikers, everyone played their part. It was a team effort," Dar said at the post-match press conference.

First Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 07:59 PM
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