After facing a 10-0 South Korean Hammering the Indian Eves faced Thailand, who demolished whipping girls Maldives 5-0, in their last fixture. Equivalent on points, this match severed as a ‘do or die’ fixture for both the sides. A win would take them through to the next round, however a loss would ensure a more painful road ,full of fears.
As expected the Indian National Team, reverted to a much comfortable 4-2-3-1, given the 5-4-1 total lapse against South Korea. India would miss Bembem Devi whereas Thailand fielded their best starting eleven.
Four goals each from Captain Sung Ngoen Kanjana and midfielder Boothduang Wilaiporn, and one each from substitutes Sornsai Pitasamai and Seesraum Naphat sealed the issue for Thailand in an one-sided encounter. Such was Thailand’s domination that they surged into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of the match and breezed to a 6-0 lead by the half hour mark.
India felt the absence of regular Captain Bembem Devi – suspended for the game for a double booking against South Korea – in the midfield as their fleet footed counterparts got behind the back four more often than not. Stand in captain Romi Devi and her defensive partners did try to shut it down but in vain.
However, the Indian Women looked much better in the second period after conceding one early, and their efforts bore fruit when striker Bala Devi headed Kamala Devi’s cross from the inside the box, went wide in the 78th minute. That was the closest India came.
Kamala picked out Bala once again with the match nearing final whistle but the tall Manipuri was closed down well by two defenders.
Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan matched the efforts up at the other end, saving twice in split seconds to deny Naphat from the penalty spot but the substitute striker drilled low past the Delhi keeper in her third attempt to close the match on 10-0.
It was a story of two halves, the Thai putting the game to bed with a 8-0 lead in the Half Time itself. The second half was just another formality, two goals in the next 45minutes resulted in a 10-0 demolition of the Indian Contingent.
Two 10-0 defeats in their last two encounters has already put India to face Japan, a tie where one could bet the Indians would loose, given the form they are in. This defeat has put an end to the Indian Contingent’s Asian Dream, only a miracle now could see India beat Japan, in their next and perhaps final fixture.