India’s under-17 women’s football team on penalties for Faroe Islands

It was a rough start to the match as both sides looked to find a stronghold in the middle of the park in the opening exchanges.

India had a few corners at the start, but Shajela’s cross in the Faroe Islands box was tackled by the opposition defence.

A little over the 30-minute mark, India had a free-kick from a pass as defender Naketa drove it towards the top corner, but the opposition goalkeeper bounced it away.

Minutes later, Linda Kom Sarto climbed a stray ball into the attacking third, and tried to make room for herself, but was out. Neetu Linda rebounds and dashes her effort straight on the keeper.

Dennerby made some changes after the half-time break, with Kajol D’Souza and Regia Devi replacing Neha and Shajaila respectively.

Linda Kom was in trouble again when she nodded a corner towards the goalpost but widened her effort.

With almost 20 minutes left on the clock, India head coach Thomas Dennerby made further changes, as Misha and Varshika replaced Linda Kom and Naketa respectively.

Anita soon made a good run on the right flank as she made her way past her marker, entered the box and squared off the ball, only to clear it.

With less than five minutes left on the clock, a cross from the right from Anita found its way to Misha, whose header went just wide.

The referee added four minutes of injury time, and in the first of these minutes, Regia Devi made her way to the right into the box, squared off towards the penalty spot, but her effort was cleared.

The match ended in a stalemate, with India having 59 percent possession of the ball as it went into a penalty shootout.

In the fourth penalty, the Faroe Islands won the shootout by a margin of 4-2, despite a brilliant defense from Indian goalkeeper Hempriya Seram. Neetu Linda and Anita Kumari converted their spot-kicks for India, while Varshika and Kajol D’Souza’s efforts survived.

India XI: Hempriya Seram (GK), Naketa (Varshika 71′), Astam Oraon (C), Shajaila (Regia 46′), Neha (Kajol D’Souza 46′), Linda Kom Sarto (Misha 71′), Anita Kumari, Poornima Kumari, Shubhangi Singh, Neetu Linda, Kajal.

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