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Gold Cup: Nepal ride on Sabitra's brace to beat India

BHUBANESWAR: Sabitra Bhandari struck two early goals as India slumped to a 1-2 defeat against Nepal in their second game of the Gold Cup women's soccer match on the Kalinga Stadium here on Monday.

Sabitra (4th, 6th mins) scored early for Nepal before India discovered a past due comfort objective thru Ratanbala Devi (83rd) as the home aspect suffered its first defeat in the four-nation championship.

After the second game day, Myanmar stay firmly seated on the best of the desk with 6 issues from 2 video games whereas India and Nepal are locked in second position with 3 issues every. Iran are yet to open their account having performed an equivalent number of video games.

The Nepalese ahead Sabirtra took handiest four mins to score her first objective adopted by means of another two mins later.

Indian skipper Aditi Chauhan made a terrible mistake whilst grabbing a move from the proper flank which in the end left Sabitra a very simple opportunity to score her second and he or she did no mistake pushing the ball into an open internet.

Maymol Rocky's ladies modified the tools in their quest to seek out the target and Dalima Chibber will have hit the target form a long-ranger however her effort missed the target by means of a whisker.

In the 40th minute, Sanju's lay-off was accumulated by means of Jabamani Tudu however her move proved to be too heavy for onrushing Anju Tamang.

India were given another probability in the added mins of the primary half however Anju could rattle handiest the side-netting.

India were given two back-to-back possibilities to breach the Nepalese defence in the 73rd and 74th minute however in the end, the rating line remained same.

Sanju and Sandhiya, who changed Anju Tamang in the 57th minute, coordinated smartly however failed to seek out the back of the net.

A minute later, Sanju tucked in a objective however she was dominated offside.

In the 83rd minute, India earned a free-kick on the best of the field owing to a handball by means of a Nepalese defender and Ratanbala transformed it exquisitely to convey some existence back into the game.

Although India attempted their level best possible to seek out the elusive equaliser, Nepal stood tall to go away the ground with all three issues.

India will face Myanmar in the ultimate game of the crowd level on the same venue on Wednesday.

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