SAFF Women’s Championship: India thrash Bangladesh 4-0 to set up final vs NepalSAFF Women’s Championship: India outclassed Bangladesh 4-0, courtesy goals from Dalima Chhibber, Indumathi Kathiresan and Manisha, to enter the final where they will take on Nepal.advertisement India Today Web Desk NepalMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 18:12 IST SAFF Women’s Championship: India scored four past Bangladesh to storm into Final. (AIFF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on Nepal in the final of SAFF Women’s ChampionshipIndia are the defending champions of the tournamentIndia have so far scored 15 goals in the tournamentThe Indian women’s team secured its berth in the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship for the fifth time in a row with a clinical 4-0 win over Bangladesh on Wednesday at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar, Nepal. Dalima Chhibber opened the scoring for India, which was followed by a brace from Indumathi Kathiresan and an injury-time strike by Manisha, as the defending champions took their tally to 15 unopposed goals in three matches.The match began with both teams going hard from the first whistle as Bangladesh looked to make the most of their physical prowess and pressed the Indian defenders with rigorous pace. The Indian centre-back duo of Ashalata and Sweety Devi, however, stood tall and denied the opposition forwards any sniff at goal.After a tense start, the Indian eves found the foothold they wanted with their first corner of the match. With 18 minutes gone, Sanju curled in an excellent delivery from the left that fell to Dalima inside the box and the right-back made no mistake as she placed the ball into the back of the net.18′ GOAL! @DalimaChhibber finds the back of the net with a sneaky shot from a Sanju corner kick after the goalkeeper fails to make a routine save.1-0 #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball #INDBANIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 20, 2019The tempo of the match went up a notch after the opener, with both sides fashioning good chances to score. Bangladesh centre-back Mosammat Khatun skied an effort from close range while Sanju was denied by the custodian in a one-on-one situation in quick succession.advertisementIndia registered their second in the 23rd minute through midfielder Indumathi, who showed excellent composure to slot the ball past the keeper after being played through on goal with a delightful reverse through-ball from Sanju.Bangladesh then looked to hit back, trying their luck from distance – only to be denied by a confident Aditi Chauhan in goal. India, who scored 11 goals in their first two matches at the tournament, showed how clinical they can be with a classic counter-attack goal in the 37th minute to take their lead to three goals.37′ GOAL! A quick counter-attack down the wings sees Indumathi getting her second goal of the match after putting the finishing touches to a well-orchestrated move.3-0 #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball #INDBAN pic.twitter.com/950FUXA0qqIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 20, 2019Dalima played the ball out from the right after an attack from Bangladesh and in no time, Sanju and Sandhiya combined excellently to put through Indumathi once again, who found the net once again with a well-placed finish.As the sides switched ends for the second half, it was India that started out stronger and controlled most of the possession. Sanju and Dangmei Grace were a handful for the Bangladesh defence down the flanks and it was the latter who came close to scoring at the hour mark but saw her shot across goal go inches wide of the post.Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang and Manisha in place of Ratanbala Devi and Grace respectively, and both substitutes produced impactful performances as soon as they came on. With 15 minutes to go, Anju ran in goal and looked to chip the keeper with a volleyed effort but it sailed just over the bar.Manisha too almost gave India their fourth goal with a shot from inside the box that was saved excellently by the rival custodian. However, she was not to be denied in the dying moments of the match as she pounced on a loose ball in the box, rounded the keeper and scored her first goal of the tournament.The match ended 4-0 in favour of the Indian side, who will now take on hosts Nepal in the final on Friday.Also Read | I-League clubs ready to participate in Super Cup, submit blueprint for unified leagueFor 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 Tags :Follow SAFF Women’s ChampionshipFollow India vs BangladeshFollow Dalima ChhibberFollow Indumathi KathiresanFollow ManishaFollow Nepal Next
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