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SAFF Women’s Championship: Nepal beat India – India crashed out of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 after a 0-1 defeat at the hands of…

SAFF Women’s Championship: Nepal beat India- India crashed out of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 after a 0-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Nepal in the semi-final at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Friday. Follow SAFF Women’s Championship updates on InsideSport.IN

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SAFF Women’s Championship: India lose SAFF Women’s Championship semi-final clash against hosts Nepal

Rashmi Kumari Ghishing scored the only goal of the game as the hosts secured victory on a muddy pitch at the Dasharath Stadium. The home side started on the front foot, using the left flank on a number of attacks in the opening exchanges. However, Indian defenders Sweety Devi and Manisa Panna remained alert to the danger and thwarted the hosts’ attack.

Renu had India’s first real chance of the game in the 12th minute when she dribbled into the opposition box, but Nepal captain and goalkeeper Anjila Subba got off to clear it away.

As the match approached the half hour, Sandhiya Ranganathan became more active down the right wing. She orchestrated an attack on the 22nd and passed it on to Ratanbala Devi, who passed it on to Priyangka Devi, who was eventually driven inside the field.

Later, Sandhiya again sent a cross in to Renu who tried to curl it inside the far post but her effort was saved. That proved to be the last meaningful contribution from Renu as India head coach Suren Chettri quickly took her off and brought Soumya Guguloth onto the field with minutes to go before the half-time whistle.

SAFF Women’s Championship: India lose SAFF Women’s Championship semi-final clash against hosts Nepal

However, it was Nepal who took the lead in first-half injury time, with Preeti Rai sending a flurry of crosses to Rashmi Ghishing’s feet as the latter turned and fired it into the bottom corner.

A goal ahead, Nepal came out with gusto in the second half as Anita Basnet and Rashmi Ghishing began to orchestrate attacks for the home side, prompting Suren Chettri to make an attacking change, bringing on striker Apurna Narzary in place of midfielder Priyangka Devi.

Apurna got into things quickly as she looked to thread passes through to the likes of Dangmei Grace and Soumya Guguloth. However, Nepal’s defense was up to the task.

Staring at a semi-final exit, India mounted some desperate attacks that earned them a couple of free kicks in the opposition half with around 20 minutes of regulation time remaining. Ashalata Devi took charge of the set-pieces and looked to pass them on to her teammates, but Nepal’s defense held firm.

Soumya had one last chance for India with just minutes left on the clock when she was played through behind the defense by Apurna. The former darted into the box but the ball was swept off her feet by an onrushing defender before she could shoot. With this result, India were knocked out of the SAFF Women’s Championship semi-finals – the first time in the history of the tournament that such an event took place.

SAFF Women’s Championship: India lose SAFF Women’s Championship semi-final clash against hosts Nepal

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