India crush Bangladesh in SAFF semis

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:12, Mar 20,2019 | Updated: 18:44, Mar 20,2019


Bangladesh’s hopes of playing in the final for the second successive time was dashed when they lost to defending champions India 0-4 in the semi-finals of the fifth SAFF Women’s Championship at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar, Nepal on Wednesday.

Indumati Katheresan struck twice between a goal each from Dalima Chibber and Manisha to keep India in hunt of winning their fifth successive title of the competition.

Bangladesh, the beaten finalists in the 2016 edition, were unable to compete against an well-organised Indian side, who led the first-half 3-0 and added their fourth goal a minute before the final whistle.

Dalima flicked into an open net to put India 1-0 after a corner of Sanju slipped from the grip of Bangladesh goalkeeper Rupna Chakma.

Midfielder Sanju then set up India’s second goal in 23rd minute as Indumati fired home into left corner of the post.

After going 2-0 down, Bangladesh pressed hard to make a comeback into the game, but conceded their third goal from a counter-attack as Indumati redirected a cross of Sandhiya Ranganathan into the post in the 37th minute.

Manisha added a late fourth goal in an otherwise quiet second half scoring from another precise cross of Sanju.

India will now take on Nepal in the final on Friday as the hosts earlier beat Sri Lanka by an identical margin in the first-semi-final to book their place in the final for the fourth time.


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