Asiad: Indian women suffer 10-0 loss vs Thailand in football
The Indian women's team was taught a football lesson by Thailand on Sunday in a 0-10 result in their third Group A match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.other Updated: Sep 21, 2014 22:17 IST
The Indian women's team was taught a football lesson by Thailand on Sunday in a 0-10 result in their third Group A match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The much superior Thailand women led 8-0 at the interval.
India though have qualified for the quarter-finals after they mauled Maldives 15-0 in their campaign opener on September 14.
Sunday's thrashing at the hands of Thailand was the second consecutive defeat for the Indians after an identical 0-10 drubbing by South Korea in their second group match on September 17.
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 a 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 half after conceding one goal early on. Striker Bala Devi headed Kamala Devi's cross from the inside the box in the 78th minute but it went wide. That was the closest India came to a goal.
Kamala picked out Bala once again with the match nearing the final whistle but the tall Manipuri was closed down well by two defenders.
Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made a double save to deny Naphat from the penalty spot but the substitute striker drilled low past the Indian keeper in her third attempt to close the match on 10-0.