Nepal secures historic win against India, enters Women’s SAFF Championship 2022 final
India lose the semi-final to dominant Nepal, who advance to the final for the fifth time in the competition’s history thanks to a Rashmi Kumari Ghising goal. This was Nepal’s historic win against India in the SAFF Women’s Championship.
Ghising scored a goal for Nepal in 45+ minute of the match. After Nepal’s first goal, neither team scored another goal. This is the first time that the five-time champions [ India ] have been beaten by four-time finalists Nepal in the SAFF Women’s Championship match. Nepal will now face Bangladesh in the final match.
The hosts got off to a fast start, attacking down the left flank several times in the opening minutes. Indian defenders Sweety Devi and Manisa Panna, meanwhile, kept an eye out for danger and warned of the hosts’ attacks.
However, Nepal took the lead in first-half stoppage time, when Preeti Rai sent a long cross into the path of Rashmi Ghishing, who turned and fired into the bottom corner. After taking the lead, Nepal came out firing in the second half, with Anita Basnet and Rashmi Ghishing orchestrating attacks for the home team, prompting Suren Chettri ( coach of Indian team) to make a change of attack, bringing in striker Apurna Narzary instead of midfielder Priyangka Devi.
With around 20 minutes remaining in regulation time and facing a semi-final exit, India launched some desperate attacks that earned them a pair of free kicks in the opposite half. Ashalata Devi took control of set pieces, hoping to give them to her teammates, but the Nepal defense held firm.
With this result, India was eliminated from the SAFF Women’s Championship semi-finals for the first time in the tournament’s history. This was also Nepal’s first victory over India in the tournament’s history.