Anju Tamang scored four as India lived up to the favorites tag for the SAFF Women's Championship with a 9-0 thrashing of Maldives on Saturday.
Grace Dangmei also scored a brace for India in the win. India had to wait until the 24th minute to find the opening goal through Tamang which was doubled by Priyangka Devi in the 42nd. Tamang scored her second in the added minutes of the first half.
After a first half lead of 3-0, India completely dominated the match and found the net six times in the second half. The first of the six was scored by Dangmei in the 53rd. Soumya Guguloth added the team's fifth two minutes after Dangmei's first. Dangmei scored her second in the 86th but only after Kashmina's goal in the 84th and Tamang's hat-trick goal in the 85th.
Tamang added her fourth two minutes for time to complete the rout.
The win means India have now progressed to the semi-final of the competition while Maldives join Pakistan to exit from the tournament.
Pointless and goalless Maldives can redeem themselves with another pointless and winless Pakistan when the two sides face on September 13.
Title contenders Bangladesh began their SAFF Women's Championship 2022 campaign with a 3-0 victory over Maldives.
Brace from Sabina Khatun and one from Masura Parvin helped Bangladesh to the easy win.
Khatun scored Bangladesh's first goal in the 32nd minute. Parvin doubled the lead two minutes after the opening goal and Khatun scored her second and the team's third in the 40th minute.
Bangladesh could have added to their total but wasted multiple chances.
Bangladesh will play their second game of the tournament against Pakistan on September 10 at 1 pm while Maldives face India the same day.
Pakistan defeated Maldives 7-0 to end their SAFF Women's Championship 2022 on a high at Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday.
It was Pakistan's first win upon their return to international football after eight years absence and the team made it a memorable one.
Both Maldives and Pakistan had already crashed out of the tournament having lost their previous two matches and had the chance to redeem themselves which Pakistan seized.
Nadia Khan scored four and Rameen Fareed, Khadija Kazmi and Anmool Hira scored the other goals for Pakistan.
Fareed opened the scoring in the 39th minute to give a 1-0 first half lead. Maldives scumbbed in second half with Kazmi giving the lead four minutes onto the second half. Khan's hat-trick with goals in 54th, 78th and 84th minute completed the dominant victory before Hira added a seventh in the added minutes.
It was a miserable tournament for Maldives who had lost to Bangladesh and India in the previous two matches.
India and Bangladesh will play in the final group match of the tournament at 5:30 pm. The match will confirm the semi-final opposition for both the teams.
Nepal advanced to the finals of the SAFF U-17 Championship after routing Sri Lanka 6-0 in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday.
It was a dominant performance from the Nepali side who now face India in the final. India had defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the other semi-final match. Nepal had defeated India 3-1 in their group match on Friday.
Skipper Prashant Laksam gave Nepal the lead in the 22nd minute through a penalty which was awarded after Subash Bam was brought down inside the box. Laksam stepped up and finished with a coolly taken penalty.
Harish Raj Bhatta doubled the lead in the 24th minute and Bam made it 3-0 in the 31st. Niraj Karki added the fourth after a defensive error by Sri Lankan defender gave him a clear run towards the goal. Karki beat the rushing goalkeeper and scored in the 38th.
Seven minutes after the restart Unesh Budathoki made it 5-0 after an error by Sri Lankan goalkeeper to hold on the ball.
Sijal Rai made it 6-0 in the 90th.
The final will be played on September 14.
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