The Blue Tigresses were the dominant side for most of the Group A game, particularly in the second half where they created a few golden opportunities but just weren’t cool in front of goal. The players’ brave fighting players, neatly covering their heads in hijab, came through this game with their heads held high.
India’s history of missed chances meant the hosts were unable to beat a team ranked 70th despite a higher finish at 55th. However, it must be said that all Indian players are also newcomers to this event – India last took part in this tournament in 2003.
India was slow in the beginning but later picked up the pace. Unfortunately, they were unable to break through the strong Iranian defense led by their goalkeeper Zohreh Koodaei, who produced a brilliant game under the bar, repeatedly repelling India’s attacks. Ahead of the game, India women’s team head coach Thomas Dennerby had mentioned that India might find it difficult to get past Iran’s impressive defense. His observation was spot on.
“Yes, I’m disappointed with the result in that respect. We had enough chances to score, but it is what it is. It all depends on the technical ability. You don’t get goals, you have to score them, otherwise you.” are not good enough,” Dennerby later said. “We defended well. (I was) a bit surprised at first (since Iran is dominating). We’ll try to get points from the game against China Taipei. This game is over, we can’t change that (result)” said the Indian coach.
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