It was despair for the Indian women’s football team as they fell to a 2-3 defeat at Hammarby IF. The Blues were unfortunate to concede an own goal after giving away the lead twice to sink to a loss in the friendly match.
30 minutes In, Indumathi gave India the advantage, finishing clinically However, Nina Jakobsson found the back of the net 6 minutes later to cancel her goal.
In a nail-biting tie, Manisa Panna put India back ahead when she bagged goal number 2 at the 40th minute mark. But shortly after, around 52 minutes, Amanda Sundstrom drew level once for the top-tier Swedish side.
Indian women’s team face first defeat vs Hammarby
With around 78 minutes left to play, Jakobsson was involved in the winning goal. Nonetheless, the was eventually judged to have been turned in by Ranjana Chanu for an own goal.
India kicked off the tie on a vivid note in the first half. Sangita picked up a loose ball near the opposition box and passed it on to Pyari Xaxa. The forward attempted to dribble past the keeper but was halted in her run.
India kept coming at the Hammarby defence. Pyari dashed down the wings and played it forward for Anju. She managed to get a cross in but it was punched out by the Hammarby goalkeeper.
It was Indumathi who drew first blood for India in the 30th minute. With quick footwork, she dazzled a defender before taking it around the keeper to slam it home. Nina Jakobsson was quick to level the scores soon after.
The match flipped again in India’s favour following an Anju Tamang corner. The ball floated in and found the head of Manisa, who made no mistake finding the net.
Martina stepped onto the pitch as a replacement for the injured Sangita. She was swift in making an impact, running down the left-wing. She managed to wrong-foot a defender but was soon taken off the ball. Hammarby drew level once again just a minute later when Sundstrom headed home.
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