Priangka Devi’s goal helped the Indian women’s football team beat a low-ranked Egyptian team 1-0 in the first friendly match at the Prince Mohammed Stadium here on Wednesday (April 6). This is Priyangka’s first goal for the Indian team.
The national team had to pull out of the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup hosted by India in January-February as they were not able to land in a biologically safe environment in Mumbai due to COVID-19 cases. This was the first match of the Indian women’s team after that tournament.
In the first half, the Indian team tried to dominate the world number 95 against the Egyptian team. Captain Ashalata Devi made a good move in the 18th minute but her shot from long distance was disappointed by Anju, who took possession of the ball.
Two minutes later, Manisha got the best opportunity to score but her shot from the right end on Dalima’s pass was blocked by the Egyptian goalkeeper.
India kept the opposition under pressure with relentless attack and the visitors got the advantage in the 30th minute when Priyangka gave them the lead which proved to be the deciding goal in the end.
Dalima passed Priyangka on Manisha’s cross and the young midfielder did not make any mistake in scoring the goal. The Indian team was leading 1-0 till half time.
In the second half also the Indian team created more chances. Indian head coach Thomas Dennerby brought in Pyari Shasha in place of forward Renu.
Pyari came close to scoring in the 53rd minute but their attack was foiled by the goalkeeper. After this both the teams made several attempts to score but without success. India thus registered its first victory in Jordan.