India's women's soccer team defeats Sri Lanka 6-0 at the South Asian Games
POKHARA (Nepal): The Indian women's soccer team he produced another dominant display, beating Sri Lanka 6-0 to record his second consecutive victory in 13 South Asia Games Thursday.
Sandhiya Ranganathan (10 and 25) hit a first half brace, while Ratanbala Devi (18 and 88) scored one in each half. Dangmei Grace (7th) and Bullet Devi (90 + 1) also scored one to complete the route.
India, the defending champions, beat Maldives 5-0 in their first game on Tuesday.
India found the target as early as the seventh minute when a Ranjana Chanu cross was met by Dangmei Grace, who opened the scoring. The lead was soon doubled by Sandhiya after she was played in by Ratanbala.
A few minutes later, Sandhiya returned the favor while preparing Ratanbala to give India a three-goal lead. As the game approached the half-hour mark, Ratanbala tried to go to the goal, but the woodwork denied it.
However, Grace achieved the rebound, affecting an intricate interaction between her and Bala, before Sandhiya finished it.
Since then, Indian women controlled the pace of the game, as they slowed things down and passed the ball through the park before the break.
The Indians came out with renewed vigor in the second half and dominated their opponents, pushing and probing the third defensive of Sri Lanka.
Coach Maymol Rocky made a couple of changes around the scheduled time, bringing Daya Devi and Manisha instead of Sandhiya and Ranjana.
Towards the end of the game, the Indians added two more. In the absence of two minutes of regulatory time, the substitute Manisha sent Ratanbala and the latter completed his clamp.
W Linthoingambi, who was brought on in the last 10 minutes, turned provider in the injury time when she sent in an inch-perfect cross for Bullet Devi to score India's sixth goal.