India trounce Jordan in football friendly

By Piyush


The Indian women’s football team secured its second consecutive win in Jordan, trouncing the hosts 1-0 in a friendly.

Manisha stroked the game’s only goal in the second half (48th minute) to aid India get their second win on the run at the Prince Mohammed Stadium.

Before this week, India had trounced Egypt by the same margin at the same location.

Both the sides tried to dominate from the start, genearting chances near the opposition area.

As the match continued, India started acquiring more control in the middle. Few efforts by Anju Tamang and Manisha to open up the opposition defence were baffled around the half-hour mark.

With around five minutes of time left in the first half, Manisha went on one of her twisting runs, in the end earning a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Nevertheless, the effort by defender Dalima Chhibber went over the crossbar. India grabbed another free-kick, this time, a bit closer to the box, with just seconds left for the first half. Manisha tried her luck, however her attempted curler went wide.

Following a goalless first half, India head coach Thomas Dennerby looked to shoot some attacking spirit, getting striker Pyari Xaxa in place of winger Sandhiya Ranganathan.

The Blue Tigresses had the lead moments following the restart, as Manisha found some space on the left and released a left-footer that went into the top corner of the Jordan goal.

Chasing, Jordan began to stage some pressure on the visitors. Leen Yasin Mohammad had a golden chance to draw level when she was played behind the Indian defence but the ball went well over.


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