India U-18 ride on Lynda Kom’s hat-trick to beat Nepal 5-1 in SAFF Women’s Championship | Soccer News


JAMSHEDPUR: India produced another outstanding performance in the ongoing SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship by beating Nepal 5-1 in their third game of the tournament on Monday.
India face Bangladesh in their last game on Friday.

A splendid hat-trick from Lynda Kom in the 23rd, 38th and 61st minutes and a goal each from Shilky Devi in ​​the 16th minute and Anita Kumari in the 55th minute propelled the Young Tigresses to a comfortable victory after Nepal fell back from a goal. the second half.
Maintaining their winning momentum after beating Bangladesh in their last game, the Indians put the pressure on the opponents from the first minute. In the second minute itself, Lynda Kom attempted to place a header but missed it by a hair’s breadth.

India’s first breakthrough came in the 16th minute when captain Shilky Devi delivered a perfect one-inch header from Nitu Linda’s pass.
Lynda Kom, in the 23rd minute, doubled the lead with a free header.
After having a two goal lead, India’s combined play threatened the Nepalese defence.
In the 25th minute, Nitu Linda tried to shoot from the top left corner but missed.
Another brilliant goal was scored by Lynda Kom, in the 38th minute, when she made a first volley to insert the ball on a cross from the right of Shilky.
A few minutes after the start of added time in the first half, coach Thomas Dennerby made the first substitution where Sunita Munda was replaced by Amisha Baxla. The score at halftime was 3-0 in favor of India.
The second half started on a similar note to the first with India dominating the proceedings.
Another substitution was made in the 46th minute when Babina Devi was brought in for Nitu Linda.
Nepal were looking to fight back but struggled to create chances and hold the ball in dangerous areas as the Indian team stood firm and forced them into long-range efforts, which were easily managed by the keeper Indian Melody.
India made it four for the night in the 55th minute thanks to Anita’s powerful long-range shot from over 25 yards.
A change came in the 55th minute when India goalkeeper Melody Chanu was replaced by Adrija Sarkhel.
The hosts extended their lead with the fifth goal thanks to Lynda Kom’s 61st-minute hat-trick from a low Sunita cross from the right.
In the 79th minute, Nepal pulled one back through Sadipa Bholan, who latched on to a loose ball and sent it home.
With the win, India extended their pole position lead to nine points from three matches.



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