India lost 1-6 to Brazil in the opening game of the international women’s soccer tournament at Amazon Arena in Manaus, Brazil on Friday. Manisha Kalyan’s equalizer was one of the highlights for India with goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan’s performance on a night where the hosts were in a dominant mood.
The home side got off to a good start and took the lead from the first minute. Defender Daiana’s long ball from behind found skipper Debinha whose initial effort was saved by Aditi Chauhan but the Indian goalkeeper could not do anything against the rebound. The Indians roared seven minutes later with a thrilling counterattack to even the scores. Manisha picked up the ball on the left in his own half and traveled the full length of the pitch before clinically ending in the bottom corner of the far post.
Manisha had a big chance in the 26th minute to put India ahead with another counterattack, but her shot was blocked. Brazil created better opportunities and in the 36th minute they took the lead when Ariadina ‘Ary’ Borges ran to the right wing and found Duda with a cut. The ball rebounded and Giovana Costa was on hand to insert it into the net.
Moving on, a quick brace early in the second half put Brazil in a leadership position to see the game come to an end. Ary scored 1-3 in the 52nd minute when she cut from the left and wrapped it past Aditi in the far corner. Two minutes later, Kerolin Ferraz ran on a pass from substitute Geyse Ferreira and smashed it into the roof of the net.
Geyse then stepped in on her own as a blocked shot from the edge of the box hit her toes and she made no mistakes at close range in the 76th minute. Five minutes later, Ary got his second of the game kicking a rebound after Formiga’s shot was saved. Formiga, 43, was making his last appearance after a career spanning more than 25 years that included appearing in seven Olympics and 205 caps for his national team.
Indian head coach Thomas Dennerby was impressed with Manisha’s goal, calling him “one of the best on the football field”. âIndividually it’s a top notch goal. It gave us a boost after we conceded early and it got us back,â said AIFF quoting Dennerby.
Defensively, Dennerby felt India could have done better by clearing the ball. “We didn’t concede because we weren’t in position. There were some weak clearances so we have to be stronger with those because you can’t afford that against teams of this quality.” , did he declare. Overall, the 62-year-old insisted on taking the positives out of a game against one of the best teams in the world. “There is nothing to be ashamed of to lose to Brazil. We take the good things with us. It was a huge experience for them and it will help them for the next matches,” he said.
India will next face Chile on November 29, a match that starts at 2:30 am IST. (ANI)
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