After a historic encounter against Brazil, the India women’s football team will take on Chile in their second match of Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino, a four-nation tournament in the early hours of Monday at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Under the tutelage of head coach Thomas Dennerby, India faced former World Cup runners-up Brazil for the first time and even impressed in the first half before suffering a 1-6 defeat against the seventh-ranked side in the FIFA rankings.
The visitors conceded in just 52 seconds as Brazil forward Debinha netted the first goal past India goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan.
However, the Blue Tigresses bounced back strongly as midfielder Manisha Kalyan equalised with a sensational strike. The 20-year-old picked the ball on the left and ran the length of the pitch before finding the back of the net with a finish into the far post bottom corner.
The Brazilians took the lead in the 36th minute as Giovana Costa bagged her first of the night and went into half-time with a 2-1 scoreline.
After the break, the hosts took full control of the match as Ariadina Borges and Kerolin Ferraz scored in quick succession to make it 4-1 in favour of Brazil. Geyse Ferreira added another in the 75th minute before Ariadina Borges netted her second of the match.
India coach Thomas Dennerby lauded Manisha’s goal and termed it as one of the highest quality on a football pitch.
"Individually, it is a top-class goal. It gave us a boost after conceding early on and that allowed us to come back," Dennerby said after the match.
India women vs Chile women head-to-head in international football
India women’s football team will lock horns for the first time with Chile, ranked 37th in the FIFA rankings, 20 places ahead of the Blue Tigresses.
The four-nation tournament is part of India’s preparation for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup scheduled to be held in India in early next year.
After the Chile clash, the India women team will next face Venezuela on December 2 in their final match of the tournament.
Indian women’s football team squad vs Chile
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, M Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayasamy
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Shilky Devi, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi Devi
Midfielders: Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Anju Tamang, Martina Thokchom, Karthika Angamuthu, Kamala Devi
Forwards: Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Renu, Dangmei Grace, Soumya Guguloth, Mariyammal Balamurugan
Where to watch India women vs Chile women 2021 live in India?
Live streaming of the India women’s football team vs Chile will be available on the Indian Football Team's Facebook page and their official YouTube channel. The match starts at 2:30 AM IST on Monday, November 29.
There will be no live telecast of the India women vs Chile women match on any TV channel in India.
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