The Indian national women's football team defeated Nepal 4-0 in the Gold Medal match at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong. Goals from Kamala Devi (32', 56'), Bala Devi (77') and Ashalata Devi (80') made sure that India grabbed their second successive gold in the multi-sport event.
Coach Sajid Dar went in with a strong line-up in skipper Bembem Devi's swansong appearance. Aditi Chauhan started between the sticks as Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Supriya Routray and Umapati Devi featured in defence. Bembem, Premi Devi, Prameshwori Devi and Sasmita Malik marshalled the midfield as Bala Devi and Kamala Devi were the forwards deployed.
The first real chance of the game came for the hosts in the 20th minute. Kamala Devi's shot went inches wide of the post after she got past her marker in the Nepal defence.
It was Kamala Devi again who gave India the lead in the 32nd minute. A Sasmita Malik cross was converted by Kamala past the Nepal custodian to break the deadlock.
Nepal went into the break a goal down despite trying hard late on in the first half to grab an equaliser. Bembem Devi's multiple shots gave Nepal a scare but the score-line remained the same.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Kamala Devi doubled the lead. She volleyed in a high incoming cross, finding the left corner of the net.
Bala Devi scored the third from a Sasmita cross and Ashalata Devi put the final nail in the coffin for Nepal as she blasted home a long ranger to make it an embarrassing 4-0 defeat for the Himalayan nation.
The match also marked the last appearance for skipper Bembem Devi who earlier announced her retirement from the game after nearly two decades of service in the national colours.