Losing concentration at crucial junctures cost Indian girls dear as they lost 0-4 to hosts Vietnam in their second match of the AFC U-19 Championships 2017 Qualifiers here today.
Courtesy the result, India bowed out of the Championship with one point from two matches. Vietnam will take on Iran in the last League match to decide the group winner.
Much in control for the first 35 minutes, India were growing in confidence after a cautious start. But it turned out to be a different story altogether later on.
The first chance of the match came in the 25th minute and it was their perseverance which helped India earn it. The trio of Hemolata, Shetty and Ratanbala combined well and laid it on for Kashmina who proved a bit too fast for her marker.
Kashmina’s shot even had rival Goalkeeper Tran Thi Hai Yen beaten, but it hit the post and bounced back straight to Tran. The horde of Indian attackers lurking around could only curse their luck.
Ten minutes later, Vietnam were rewarded a penalty, courtesy a needless tackle at the edge of the box. Tuyet Ngan gleefully converted from the spot.
The second Vietnam goal came in the 43rd minute. With central defender Sweety Devi being treated outside, the Indian defence was extremely slow to react to a long but harmless clearance. An alert Ngan, the poacher, snatched it and banged it in as Vietnam headed to the interval with a comfortable two-goal cushion.
Changing over, it was extremely difficult to overturn a two goal deficit, especially against a side tactically as sound as Vietnam.
Nevertheless, the Indian girls came out all guns blazing and looked more dominant till the 75th minute.
With Vietnam playing high line in defence, Kashmina on a couple of occasions, sneaked in following through passes from Smiriti and Ratanbala respectively. But she was guilty of holding onto the ball a bit too long allowing the rival defenders to recover.
The Indians were tiring out by then and it was from the 75th minute onwards that the hosts took over. The third goal came in the 82nd minute — Thi Nu having all the time in the world to bulge the net from in between two India defenders, and then Ha Thi made it 4-0 in added time.