Women’s Soccer Tournament: India U-17 women’s team loses to Italy

India’s U-17 women’s team lost 7-0 to Italy in Wednesday’s women’s soccer tournament in Grandisco D’lsonzo.

India started the game the way Thomas Dennerby would have liked, trying to push their opponents high on the field and extracting errors from them. Tackles came from both sides and Italy were awarded a free kick in the 4th minute. Beatrice curled the free kick but just missed the target.

Italy almost took the lead in the 10th minute as Dragoni was one on one against Indian goalkeeper Monalisa but the latter stretched and made a wonderful save to thwart the Italian. But India’s resistance was soon broken, as just a minute later Maria Rossi shot the ball into the net.

In the 22nd minute, Monalisa was brought back into play by Dragoni, but the former saved the ball again for a corner. India came closest after half an hour when Anita tried to catch the Italian defense with a long-range drive, but her shot went just wide of the target.

The floodgates opened after that, however, when Anna Longobardi and Giulla Dragoni scored in the 31st and 33rd minutes respectively to give the Italians a much-needed cushion. In the 36th minute, Kajol rushed in, but she also missed the goal by a hair’s breadth. At half-time, the Young Tigresses were 3-0 behind the Italians.

Italy picked up where they left off in the first half when Manuela Sciabica scored in the 48th minute. A couple of rapid-fire goals followed, too, and within 15 minutes of the second half Italy had increased their lead to six goals. Thomas Dennerby made some changes in the 60th minute when Neha, Rejiya, Babina and Pinku came on for Nitu, Lynda, Kajol and Shelja respectively.

Marta Zambomi scored the last goal of the game in the 67th minute as she extended Italy’s lead to 7 goals.

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