The Indian women’s team went down 2-1 to Venezuela at the Arena da Amazonia during the wee hours of Thursday. So, among similar updates on Indian football players, Venezuela beat us 2-1 despite our initial lead
Although Dangmei Grace put India ahead, two second-half goals from Mariana (50′) and Barbara (80′) brought Venezuela back up ahead. Thus, the second half saw the South American nation run away with the three points that first belonged to India.
With this final loss, India end their Brazil trip without a win in three matches. But their Swedish manager has gained much experience after playing his women against higher-ranked teams.
All this exposure will be useful for India’s women in the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022.
Updates on Indian Football Players – Venezuela Beat Us 2-1
We expected a competitive match here because Venezuela are just one step ahead in the FIFA rankings than India.
The First Half
However, right from the start, Venezuela started dominating the possession and kept Indian women’s goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan busy under the sticks.
Barabara was creating trouble for the Indian defenders with her incisive runs inside the box. And indeed it seemed that she would break the deadlock sooner rather than later.
But, in reality, India did a good job in handling the early pressure in the first 15 minutes.
They started using the flanks to create chances and this paid off. In the 17th minute, Ritu floated in an inch-perfect cross from a set-piece for Grace. And the latter made no mistake to head home the ball.
After conceding the first goal despite their domination over the game, however, Venezuela started attacking with more intent and purpose.
In the 35th minute, goalkeeper Chauhan had to spring to action once again. Gabriela Garcia fired a shot from the edge of the box.
And the keeper put her best forward to punch it over the bar.
In the remaining 10 minutes of the first half, Venezuela kept raiding India’s fort. But the Blue Tigresses held their shape and went into the tunnel at half time with their lead intact.
The Second Half
Venezuela started from they left off in the second half, continuing their attacking pressure.
In the 50th minute, they finally got their equaliser through Mariana, who nodded the ball in from a corner.
Thomas Dennerby reacted by making three substitutions when he brought on Shily Devi, Kamala Devi, and Linthoingambi for India.
Despite the changes, though, Venezuela continued with their fervent attacks. And it was still a task for India’s defence to contain Mariana and Barbara.
Venezuela persisted in their efforts and this finally paid off when the latter scored past Aditi in the 80th minute. This was after Barbara’s marauding run from the right side.