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India beat Malaysia 2-0 in international women’s football friendly

A brace from Pyari Xaxa helped India beat Malaysia 2-0 in an international football friendly on Monday.

football Updated: Jul 31, 2017 23:23 IST
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Riding on Pyari Xaxa’s brilliant performance, India defeated Malaysia 2-0 in international women’s football friendly. (AIFF )

Pyari Xaxa scored two goals late into the second half to help the India women’s football team beat Malaysia by two goals in an international friendly played at the MP Selayang Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

After a barren first half, Pyari scored in the 79th and the 86th minutes, respectively following India’s near-complete dominance in the contest. India attacked from the wings as well as down the middle to put unrelenting pressure on the Malaysian defence.

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Grace could have given Indian an early lead as she dribbled into the box with ease but her shot went straight to goalkeeper Nurul Azurin. The very next moment, Dalima Chhibber’s shot from outside the box went straight to Nurul.

The first 10 minutes set the momentum for the rest of the half. But despite dominating, India could not open their account. Players kept taking a crack from long, and at other times preferred to hold on to the ball for long, only to be outnumbered by defenders.

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India’s best chance came in the 24th minute but an acrobatic Nurul dived full length to thwart Kamala Devi’s header.

After the break, Malaysia were faster off the blocks and, for the first time, looked threatening. But the spell didn’t last long. India slowed down the proceedings to eventually frustrate the hosts. In the 79th minute, Pyari feinted past her marker to place the ball into the net.

In the 83rd minute, Bala leapt higher than the others to meet Dalima’s corner but it rebounded off the post. But it didn’t matter much as Pyari scored her second in the 86th minute.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 23:22 IST