Renu’s strike helps India women down Chinese Taipei

The India women’s football team continued their spectacular run with a 1-0 victory over Chinese Taipei at the Hamad Town Stadium in Bahrain on Wednesday.

Renu’s early strike was enough for the girls to secure the victory, which came three days after their thumping 5-0 win against hosts Bahrain.

Before Chinese Taipei, who are currently ranked 40th in the FIFA rankings, could settle into the game, a sudden strike by Renu gave India the early lead. Renu could have doubled the lead five minutes later, but she was ruled off-side as she tried to convert the cross from Dalima.

Chinese Taipei midfielder Ting Chi almost levelled the score, only to be denied by Aditi Chauhan under the woodwork in the 17th minute. Her compatriot Su Yu-Hsuan was also denied by the Indian goalkeeper on the cusp of the half-hour mark, as India kept their narrow lead at the halftime.

Nine minutes after the resumption, Indumathi struck the target, but she was ruled off-side. The prolific midfielder Lee Hsiu-Chin tried her luck from close range before the hour mark, but Aditi stood tall to deny her confidently.

Chen Yen-Ping had the final effort for Chinese Taipei in the final minute of the regulation time but her effort landed safely into Aditi’s gloves. The Indian women’s team registered their third victory in four friendly matches under new head coach Thomas Dennerby.

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