Indian women register second straight victory over Hong Kong

Pyari Xaxa scored the only goal of the match as India women's football team beat Hong Kong 1-0 in the second match.

The Indian team put five past Hong Kong in a 5-2 win on Monday and followed it up with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.   -  AIFF Media

The Indian Women’s National Team completed back-to-back victories over host Hong Kong,  in a closely-contested 1-0 win on Wednesday.

The only goal of the game was scored by forward Pyari Xaxa, as the Indian eves now set off for Indonesia for a couple of more preparatory friendlies.

This 1-0 victory comes on the back of a 5-2 triumph over the same opposition on Monday.

India got off to a good start as forwards Dangmei Grace, combined with Indumathi and Anju Tamang produced swift attacks, while the home side relied on set-pieces to create goalscoring opportunities.

Coach Maymol Rocky’s team earned a free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box on the 17th minute, but Ratanbala Devi’s shot was well negotiated by the Hong Kong defence.

Read: Indian women's team scores five past Hong Kong

Hong Kong goalkeeper Yuen Ki NG was on top form in this match, as she made multiple saves in the first half to deny India the lead.

However, a substitution on the stroke of half-time seemed to do the trick for coach Maymol and her girls. Pyari Xaxa’s introduction changed the tempo of the game, as India launched a flurry of attacks.

Yuen Ki NG made as many as six saves after half-time, before Sanju was finally able to unlock the Hong Kong defence on the 68th minute, setting Xaxa through with a delicate pass to finish past the goalkeeper.

Unfortunately, Xaxa hobbled off with an injury in the dying moments of the match, and had to be replaced by Sandhiya Ranganathan.

The women’s team is now set to travel to Indonesia, where it will face off against Indonesia Women’s National Team on January 27 and 30.

 

Result: India 1 (Pyari Xaxa 68') beat Hong Kong 0

India Starting XI

Aditi Chauhan (C); Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi; Sangita Basfore, Ratanbala Devi, Sanju; Grace Dangmei, Indumathi Kathiresan, Anju Tamang

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