India beaten 1-6 by mighty Brazil in women's 4-nation football tournament
The Indian women's football team scored one goal and kept mighty Brazil at bay till late in the first half but eventually lost 1-6 in its first match of the four-nation international tournament here on Friday.
Giovana Costa put Brazil in the lead again in the 36th minute to give the home side the advantage at the breather.
The match marked the international retirement of legendary mid-fielder Formiga at 43 years of age after playing 26 years and 233 games for Brazil. She came as a substitute with barely 15 minutes left in Friday's match at Arena da Amazonia.
Ranked seventh in the world as against 57th of India, Brazil expectedly were the far dominant side with more than 70 percent ball possession. Manisha's lone goal and goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan's strong performance were the bright spots for India.
Brazil got off to a flying start and took the lead in the first minute itself. Defender Daiana's long ball from the back found skipper Debinha whose initial effort was saved by Aditi Chauhan but the Indian custodian could do nothing about the rebound.
The Indian women roared back seven minutes later with a thrilling counter-attack to level the scores. Manisha picked up the ball on the left in her own half and ran the length of the field before finishing clinically, sending a grounder into the far post bottom corner.
Changing over, a quick-fire double at the start of the second half put Brazil in a commanding position. Ariadina made it 1-3 in the 52nd minute and two minutes later, Kerolin Ferraz added to the cushion.
Geyse then made no mistake from close range in the 76th minute. Five minutes later, Ariadina got her second of the match as she tapped in a rebound after Formiga's shot was saved.
India head coach Thomas Dennerby was impressed with Manisha's goal, terming it ''one of the highest quality on a football pitch.'' ''Individually, it is a top-class goal. It gave us a boost after conceding early on and that allowed us to come back,'' he said.
''Losing to Brazil is nothing to be ashamed of. We take the good things with us. It was a huge experience for them and that will help in the upcoming games.'' India plays Chile (November 29) and Venezuela (December 2).
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