Battling extremely cold weather, the Indian team on Friday went down fighting 1-2 to hosts Mongolia in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers here. Following the result, India relinquished pole position in group ‘B’ to Laos, who are three points ahead, having played the same number of matches.
Laos has garnered nine points from three points from three matches, while India is three points behind. They are slated to face off in the final group fixture on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a win against Laos will be enough for India to advance to the second round of qualification, owing to better head-to-head record.
Aveka didn’t take more than six minutes to find the target, handing India an early lead that silenced the home crowd. After a rash challenge on Anju just outside the box, India earned a direct free-kick, and Aveka curled it over the Mongolian wall to bulge the back of the net.
The Mongolians looked more vulnerable at the start but recovered to create opportunities from both flanks. India’s joy was cut short at the half-hour mark when the midfielder Gantamur fired it home from close range.
From Online Sources