Indian eves get off to bad start in AFC Women's Asian Cup campaign

The women's team put up a brave second half performance but it was not enough to overturn a two goal deficit as they lost to Myanmar 2-0...

India had a bad start to their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup campaign as they lost out to Myanmar by 2-0. The Indians trailed by two first half goals from Naw Phaw and Khin Moe Wai at the Faisal Al Huseni Stadium, West Bank here on Tuesday.

Myanmar were quick off the blocks as they took advantage of India’s failure to adjust with the artificial turf. Winger Khin Moe Wai provided a cross to striker Naw Phaw who did well to escape her marker and place her shot into the roof of the net as early as the 5th minute.

India fashioned a chance of their own in the 22nd minute when striker Bala Devi failed to finish a move off after being set up by former India captain Oinam Bembem Devi.

The miss would prove to be costly as only four minutes later, Myanmar doubled their lead when a swift counter attack led to a goal from Khin Moe Wai and went into the break with a comfortable 2 goal lead.

It was a different India after the half-time interval as they attacked with a vigour not seen in the first half. Strikers Bembem Devi and Kamala Devi were a thorn in the sides of the Myanmar defence who reacted by substituting scorer Naw Phaw with another defender in Thida Oo in the 66th minute.

India coach Anadi Barua was a pro-active presence on the bench as she threw on Pinky Bompal and Sasmita Malik in place of Bala Devi and Dangmei Grace respectively. But it did not have any bearing on the scoreline as Myanmar held on to win the game 2-0. India will next play Chinese Taipei on Thursday after the latter had dispatched Palestine 6-0 in their opening game.

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