Uzbekistan keeps Indian women in a 1-1 draw in the second friendly
NEW DELHI: On Monday, the women's women's soccer team in India had a 1-1 draw in their second international friendly against Uzbekistan at Yakkasari Stadium in Tashkent.
India took the lead early in the second half through striker Sandhiya Ranganathan, but the home team defended itself with just over 10 minutes of regulation time in the game, as Lyudmila Karachik matched through a penalty.
It was a game that flowed freely and that flowed both ways, as both sides tried to break the deadlock.
The forward of India, Bala Devi, had the first real chance of the game for the visiting team, as he lined up a free kick from close range. However, his effort was extensive.
AIFF Emerging Player of the Year Dangmei Grace bothered Uzbekistan defenders of the right wing while the goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan He made some smart saves at the other end.
However, it was after the change of extremes that India found the breakthrough they were looking for, since Bala ran forward and played Sandhiya on goal and the latter converted the opportunity in the 52nd minute.
India almost doubled its advantage a few minutes later, when Ranjana Chanu galloped down the left flank and hit her in the face of the goal. Unfortunately, nobody was present at the cashier to convert the opportunity.
However, Uzbekistan continued to investigate the Indian defense and obtained its reward in the form of a 78-minute penalty, which was converted by Lyudmila Karachik.