The Indian Women’s Senior National Team defeated Bolivia 3-1 in their second match of the COTIF Cup in Spain on Saturday, August 3.
A Ratanbala Devi brace and a Bala Devi goal led the Indian women to a comfortable win over the South American nation despite them taking the lead first through a Sweety Devi own goal.
Coming on the back of a 0-2 loss against Spanish club side Villareal CF, the Indian women conceded an early goal in the 2nd minute when Sweety Devi put the ball into her own net to give Bolivia the advantage. The lead for Bolivia was shortlived however.
In the 5th minute, Bala Devi gathered the ball around the opponent’s penalty area and slyly controlled it and bundled a volley into the back of the net to leave the opposition goalkeeper tumbling in the wrong direction as India equalized their deficit.
Despite much of India’s dominance in the first half, the scoreline read 1-1 as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging.
Changing over, the Indian women wasted little time and got right into the thick of action. Ratanbala Devi gave India the lead in the 36th minute when she headed the ball into the opponent’s net after she was found by a cross from the left flank. Shortly after, Ratanbala Devi found her second goal to extend India’s lead.
The full-time scoreline read the same as India cruised to a 3-1 win.
INDIA Women: Aditi Chauhan – Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi [C], Sangita Basfore, Ratanbala Devi, Sanju, Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace, Manisha, Ritu Rani