AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 win

first_imgAFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winThe Indian women’s football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 with a brace from Dangmei Grace and clinched the top spot in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service MandalayApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 19:01 IST Dangmei Grace scored once in each half to clinch Team India’s win over Indonesia in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers (Photo: Twitter/@IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSDangmei Grace scored once in each half to clinch the win over IndonesiaThis was Team India’s 5th consecutive SAFF title winIndia is now positioned in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2Dangmei Grace scored a brace as the Indian women football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Wednesday.Grace (27th, 67th) scored once in each half as the team in blue took control of the proceedings right from the first whistle.”The goals were a gift for me. The team did all the hard work! “Watch @aditi03chauhan interview goalscorer Dangmei Grace after the win against Indonesia #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/Iq9C02YvtjIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Speaking later, head coach Maymol Rocky said: “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points.”It is important to keep the winning momentum alive… We are taking one match at a time and our focus shifts on our next opponents Nepal (on April 6)”, she added.Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute.Some crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi caused havoc on the opposition defence that was unable to read the play of the Indian women.Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence, with one defender almost turning it into an own goal before clearing the lines.Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju, caught the Indonesian defenders napping.advertisementStellar run by SandhiyaRasping shot by SumithraEasy pickings for GraceFinal score: 2-0Watch the highlights as India get off to a start against Indonesia in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2!#IndianFootball #ShePower #BackTheBlue #INDIDN pic.twitter.com/cMsPJHZyr6Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Her stinging shot from inside the box was saved by Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the next minute.The Indian defence made quick work of Indonesian counterattacks. Indian goalkeepr Linthoingambi Devi was not tested even once.India’s momentum continued in the second half. Ratanbala Devi’s shot from a distance in the 56th minute was thwarted by the Indonesian goalkeeper.Three minutes later, Grace failed to score from close range after Sanju found her with a rasping cross that bewildered the Indonesian defence.In the 67th minute, Dangmei Grace again applied the finishing touches to a shot from Sumithra Kamaraj that was haphazardly parried away by Riska Julianti and fell in front of her — to double India’s lead.January 27 – 3-0January 30 – 2-0April 3 – 2-0.3rd straight win against Indonesia in 2019 get the Indian Women off to a winning start in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.#BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/qyBRqE3PCDIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019The midfield then dominated possession and kept Indonesia on their toes. India take pole position in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | U.S. women’s football players sue federation for gender discriminationAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow women football teamsFollow Women’s FootballFollow olympic qualifierslast_img read more