India women suffered their second successive defeat of the tournament as Myanmar won 2-0 in the last round-robin match of Gold Cup football tournament on Wednesday. Nepal also beat Iran by 3-0 goals to secure a place in the final which is scheduled to be played on February 15 against Myanmar.
July Kyaw scored the opening goal of the match in the second minute itself and it was Win Theingi Tun netting the second one as a penalty shot in the nail-biting minutes to seal a win for the Myanmar side and help them qualify for the final of the Gold Cup.
Forward July Kyaw opened the scoring for the Win Thu Moe-coached side in the third minute of the game, following a howler by goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan when she spilled a backpass by her teammate to leave Kyaw with the simple task of tapping from close range. As India searched for the equalizer, they could only hit the woodwork once and missed a golden opportunity from scoring a goal melee towards the end of the match.
India responded strongly after conceding an early goal and increased the intensity of their attacks up front. Sanju Yadav came very close to score an equalizer in the 13th minute of the match after cutting in from the left side. He attempted a shot at goal but Myanmar custodian Zarzar Myint skillfully tipped the ball over the crossbar.
The Myanmar team heavily relied on counter attacks and they almost doubled their lead when Win Thengi Tun got hooked on to a loose ball and passed it off for her captain Khin Marlar Tun. However, the latter’s shot went inches wide from the goalpost.
The hosts also had another golden opportunity in the last 10 minutes when Dalmia’s cross was fumbled by Myanmar keeper Zarzar. Just before Sanju managed to get in between two defenders and put it into the goal. However, the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul in Myanmar’s favor by then.
Unfortunately enough, few seconds before the final whistle, Indian defender Jabamani Tudu brought down Win Theingi Tun inside the box and gave away a penalty. Tun scored to make it 2-0 for the visiting team. Nepal beat Iran 3-0 to secure a place in the final alongside Myanmar.