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  • 2019-03-20

India set final date with hosts Nepal

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

March 20, 2019 - India for the fifth time booked their place in the SAFF Women’s Championship final and find a meeting with Nepal after the defending champion proved too strong for Bangladesh at Sahid Rangshala today.

Indumathi Kathiresan scored twice while Dalima Chhibber and Manisha got on the scresheet too.

India took the lead with 17th minutes gone when Sanju’s corner got spilled by the Bangladeshi custodian, with Dalima Chhibber arriving at pace to direct the ball into the post.

India doubled their advantage after five minute with Indumathi Kathiresan.

Kathiresan scored a brace for India but Sanju was brilliant all game in making the match allowing two goals.

Indumathi Kathiresan netted her second later in 37th minute while Manisha in the 90+2’ minute sealed a 4-0 victory.

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  • 2019-03-20

Nepal beat Sri Lanka 4-0 to enter final

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

March 20, 2019 - Nepal produced an empathic second half display as Punam Jargha Magar and Rekha Poudel scored their first international goal in thumping 4-0 win over Sri Lanka in the first SAFF Women’s Championship semifinal.

Nepal will face the winner of the second semifinal between India and Bangladesh later in the day.  

Nepal started better, creating the openings in 11th minute with Skipper Niru Thapa going close from Anita Basnet’s left corner, for her top bar header to miss the target.

Nepal frontlines all combined to score a simply brilliant goal before just four minutes to half time.

Gita Rana found Skipper Niru Thapa with a delicious free kick and the skipper, sprinkled in a brilliant bit of pass-work with an overhead kick intending to find Sabitra Bhandari a header, but Punam Jargha Magar unsurprisingly applied the finish in the 42nd minute of the match.

Nepal desperately searched for a goal earlier in the first half but their efforts were in vain. 

Anita Basnet doubled the home side’s lead with a smart finish from Rekha Poudel’s pass in the 73rd minute.

In the 82nd minute, Sabitra Bhandari provided the third finish for flowing Nepal.

Anita Basnet’s delivery from the right flank was headed in at the near post by Sabitra Bhandari.

Rekha Poudel in the 86th minute sealed the win as Nepal made it back-back victories in the championship without conceding a goal.

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  • 2019-03-17

India ousted Sri Lanka 5-0; Nepal face Sri Lanka in semis

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

March 17, 2019 -  India ousted Sri Lanka 5-0 in their last group match of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 held today in Biratnagar.

India and Sri Lanka had already booked their berth in the last four from Group ‘B’.

Grace Dangmei opened the scoring for India in the 4th minute before Sandhya Ranganathan doubled their advantage.

Dangmei who was left unmarked found a header off Sanju’s rebound.

Sandhya Ranganathan in 7th minute grabbed second goal for India with a lovely finish. But that was a product of Sanju assist to spilt backline, putting the ball between three defenders.

In 36th minute, Sanju again led the charge feeding Indumathi Kathiresan with the ball after making long run from the left.

The fourth goal for India came from a penalty in the 44th minute after they were awarded a penalty after Sri Lankan defender Rushani Gunawardana handled the ball inside the box. Sangita Basfore, who stepped in for the kick made no mistake in the chance and led India 4-0.

Three minutes later, Ratanbala Devi Nongmaithem netted the fifth for India.

India will now face Bangladesh while Nepal will take on Sri Lanka in the semifinals of the championship on March 20.

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  • 2019-03-16

Nepal progress as group winner

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

Nepal has progressed as the Group ‘A’ winner of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 after a 3-0 win over Bangladesh at the Sahid Rangashala today.

Both the teams had booked their spots in the semifinals of the championship by winning against Bhutan in their previous match.

Nepal started the match like a team short on quality of confidence as they begin with threatening opponents post from the very start.

Nepal’s display was all the more impressive while Sabitra Bhandrai was outstanding through the match. Bhandari not only scored a goal but also assisted a goal in the win for Nepal.

Bangladeshi defender Masura Parvin gifted Nepal a lead in the 6th minute, when Man Maya Limbu send a long ball towards Sabitra Bhandari and Parvin heads the ball into her own post.

Sabitra gave Nepal a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute as she tucked the ball into the net from tight angle after she was deprived a shot by Nilufa Yesmin Nila earlier in fifth minute. 

Right after five minute, Sabitra led another devastating counter attack running with the ball before releasing an angled pass to the right for Manjali Kuamri Yonjan, who swept a low left-footed shot through Rupna Chakma.

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  • 2019-03-15

Chalani Ekanayake scored a brace as Sri Lanka win Maldives

March 15, 2019 - Chalani Ekanayake scored a brace as Sri Lanka win Maldives 2-0 to advance to semifinals of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 today held at Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar.

R.M Chalani Kumari Ekanayake had put Sri Lanka ahead with a rebound off Skipper I.L Erandi K Liyanage's free kick in the 40th minute.

After the break, Ekanayake fired the ball over Maldives goalie Aminath Leeza after collecting a neat pass from M. Achala Sanjeewani Perera in the 50th minute of the match.

Suffering two consecutive losses in the group matches Maldives also now makes an exit from the championship with Bhutan from Group 'A'. 

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  • 2019-03-14

Bangladesh's second-half surges a key to semis

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

March 14, 2019 (Biratnagar)- Bangladesh defeated Bhutan 2-0 as they success to enter semifinals of the SAFF Championship 2019 being held at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar today.

Bangladesh had a knack for scoring as the second half surges a key to their victory.

After losing their first match against Nepal, Bhutan Women’s team defense rebounded in a big way against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Bhutan rejuvenated defense gave up a couple of huge plays to end up goalless first half.

Bangladesh were the better side in the match with an overwhelming possession and more shots on target, where Bhutan had to do a lot of defending.

Bhutan had few neat moves but lost the ball often while their goalie Sangita Mongar was busier than her Bangladeshi counterpart Rupna Chakma.

After their early defensive surge, however, cracks started to appear in the second half seeing Bangladesh open an account in the 46th minute.

Bangladesh drew their first blood when Most Mishrat Jahan Moushumi rose high to head in Monika Chakma’s corner kick.

The second goal for Bangladesh came in 85th minute with their Skipper Sabina Khatun.

The win for Bangladesh means, they now secure the semifinal berth with hosts Nepal from Group ‘A’.

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  • 2019-03-13

SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0

March 13, 2019 - SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar in the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019.

India took just eight minutes to get going through Grace Dangmei.

Sandhiya Ranganathan, who was left unmarked inside the box found the net as she doubled the lead for India in the 13th minute.

The Indian team were irresistible and raced into a 4-0 lead after just 27 minutes.

Ratnabalo Devi (45+4’) tucked in a specular free kick as to give India a 5-0 lead till the half time, before Indumathi Kathiresan (22’) and SANJU (27’) had netted for India.

Maldives completely failed to cope with India’s attacking movement and passing’s while India relaxed with the margin.

In the second half, Maldives offered more fight but SANJU effectively killed the match in the 90th minute with her second and teams sixth goal.

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  • 2019-03-12

Nepal thrash Bhutan 3-0 to begin campaign

March 12, 2019 (Biratnagar) - Nepal defeated Bhutan by a comfortable margin of 3-0 in the opening match of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar on Tuesday.

A fairly dreary game was studded with some goals from Nepal as the hosts team grow on confidence taking heart from the victory. 

Manjali Kuamri Yonjan opened the scoring for Nepal after gracefully guiding Dipa Rai’s pass in the 13th minute of the match.

Sabitra Bhandari after three minutes doubled the lead for Nepal with her solo effort beating two Bhutanese defenders.

Bhutan strike line were awful as they completed toothless attack and failed to muster single shot on goal.

Skipper Niru Thapa scored the third in the 55th minute.

Commenting about the match, Bhutan women’s team head coach Sung Jea Lee said he was pleased with the performance of his players in the match.

“Nepal is a better side and they are one of the strong team in the championship." 

Likewise, Nepal head coach Hari Khadka admitted that his players failed to convert the chances tough they won the match.

“I am disappointed as my players failed to take couple of chances. We played well in secod half, we had few chances in first half but could not take them.” said Khadka. 

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