The Indian women’s soccer team lost to Sweden 0-1 at Angelholms IP on Wednesday, their first match in the WU23 3-Nations tournament.
Linn Vickius scored to secure the win for the hosts.
The Swedish women won the first stages of the match and even struck the Indian crossbar. However, the Blue Tigresses were able to absorb the pressure and launched an aggressive attack.
In the 12th minute, India had its first chance when Manisha Kalyan received the ball from Martina Thokchom. The ball was not placed in the goal by the former, who tried to put it in but it ended up in the hands the keeper.
Manisha attempted to go in again for a try, but the Swedish defenders stopped him. Anju Tamang played a long ball in the 40th minute, but Emma Holmgren, Sweden’s goalkeeper, took it away with ease.
While there were many opportunities for both sides, Indian custodian Aditi Chanhan stood firm.
The first half was a tactical battle as neither team could find the back of net.
Sweden launched several attacks after the Indians won, but the Blue Tigresses defended their position well.
Suren Chettri was the Head Coach and made a couple changes. He brought on Ratanbala Devi (and Pyari Xaxa) to replace Renu Rani (and Priyangka Devi).
India had the best chance in the 73rd minute when the Blue Tigresses played in the middle and defended well. Pyari almost scored when she managed to beat Manisha’s pass from Manisha’s left flank, but missed the goal by a whisker. Soon after, Soumya Guiguloth joined Dangmei Grace.
In the closing minutes of the match, Martina made the last effort for India but it was too late. Emma managed to grab the ball. As Manisha Kalyan was replaced by Apurna Narzary, coach Chettri made one last change.
Ebba Hened hit a corner kick from the left and, amid a melee, it fell to Linn Vikius’ feet. The latter slotted it home, giving Sweden a last-minute advantage and the win.
In their next encounter, India will face the USA on June 25,