India defeats Kyrgyzstan thanks to Sibani Devi’s goal

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In the 77th minute, Sibani Devi scored the game-winning goal. On Thursday, April 26, 2023, the India U17 women’s national team defeated hosts Kyrgyz Republic. Defeating by a solitary goal in their first encounter of the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers Indonesia 2024.

In the 77th minute, Sibani Devi scored the game-winning goal. Viksit Bara’s low cross from the left snuck past Kyrgyz goalkeeper Violetta Dudochkina. Before Sibani Devi ran to the far post and smashed it in.

With both Myanmar and India prevailing 1-0 against the Kyrgyz Republic. The following encounter on April 28 will determine the group champions. While the victors of the tie will automatically advance, if the two teams draw. A penalty shoot-out will determine who tops the group and advances to the next round.

The first half began with both sides struggling for control of the situation in the midfield. India got their first chance when Pooja’s cross from the right found Shivani Toppo, who failed to capitalise. Pooja had a similar opportunity a few minutes later, but her attempt was easily grabbed by the opposing custodian.

Sibani scores a goal

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India had another chance to score before halftime. But Shivani’s corner was parried away by the keeper, who punched the ball away before Pooja could take advantage. 

After changing ends, India began pressing aggressively, and in the 65th minute, India had their greatest chance yet. Viksit Bara fired a curler, but it missed the mark. A few minutes later, Sibani pounced on a loose ball and her shot was blocked by the custodian.

With a goal down, Kyrgyzstan began to put pressure on the visitors. While India continued to move the ball in the opponent’s final third.

With 10 minutes remaining, coach Priya PV made a substitution, replacing Shivani Toppo with Sulanjana and Soniba with Cindy. The approach paid off, as India was able to effectively protect its lead for the remainder of the session.

“It was a tough game, but I am very happy with the way the girls played today. That we clinched three points is a great thing. We had more chances to score, but somehow, we could not avail of those opportunities,” Priya remarked after the game.

The Indian coach is aware that the encounter against Myanmar. On April 28 (kick-off at 7.30 p.m., IST) is the virtual final to determine the group. “Well, Myanmar are a good team and we have all respect for them. But we will certainly go for three points in that match.”  she answered when asked. But we will undoubtedly try for three points in that game.”

Starting XI

Khambi Chanu (GK), Thoi Thoi, Thoibisana Chanu, Heena Khatun, Viksit Bara, Lalitha Boypai, Sibani Devi, Menaka Devi, Shivani Toppo (Sulanjana 81′), Pooja, Sonibia Devi (Cindy 86′), Pooja, Sonibia Devi (Cindy 86′).

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