BHUBANESWAR: India were overwhelmed by a formidable team from the United States in their opening game of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as they suffered an 0-8 thrashing in a lopsided Group A game here on Tuesday.
Reality bit the Indian team as they were played by a much more technically superior USA who were leading 4-0 at the half hour mark and 5-0 ahead at half time.
As It Happened: India vs. USA
The USA scored three more goals in the second session to inflict a humiliating defeat on the Indians in front of a packed home crowd at Kalinga Stadium.
Melina Rebimbas scored twice (9th and 31st minute) while Charlotte Kohler (15th), Onyeka Gamero (23rd), Gisele Thompson (39th), Ella Emri (51st), Taylor Suarez (59th) and captain Mia Bhuta (62nd) scored one goal each for the Concacaf champions.
India Coach Thomas Dennerby said before the match that it would be difficult to score against his side, having prepared well since February, but his players were completely clueless and lost the plot that day. The country’s first game in a Women’s World Cup turned out to be a nightmare.

Debutants India, who reached the age group showpiece on the basis of being hosts, were simply crushed by the United States, who were runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2008 but n haven’t made it past the group stage in three more appearances. from.
The porous Indian defence, including captain Astam Oraon at left wing back, fled goal after goal as the home side couldn’t even sew up a good move towards goal. The Americans had over 70% possession in the first half.
Dennerby used the full quota of five substitutes, but India were only able to have two shots in the entire match without any on target.
The heavy defeat would put India in a difficult position to qualify for the quarter-finals with two matches to play in the group stage – against Morocco (October 14) and title contenders Brazil (October 17).

It was India, however, who got the first attacking move of the game when Nitu Linda got past a few American defenders and sent the ball to Neha, but Cameron Roller made a tackle in time to avoid danger. It was the last time that India posed a danger to American defense.
The first American goal came from hard work by Riley Jackson who dribbled past two Indians down the right channel before sending a fine cross to Rebimbas to volley into the net in the ninth minute.
Six minutes later, Charlotte Kohler skipped her Indian markers to score the second goal for the United States with a powerful header.
Gamero then punished the Indians for their defensive error in the 23rd minute before Rebimbas scored her second goal of the day as she fired a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.
American right-back Thompson joined the party to make it 5-0 in the 39th minute to silence the home crowd.
Captain Bhuta, the first Indian-American to play in a World Cup, provided a fine assist for Emri to head home in the 51st minute before Saura converted a penalty after an Indian defender made drop Kohler in the box.
Just after the hour mark, Bhuta put her name on the scoresheet with perhaps the game’s finest goal as she curled in a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.
Brazil had secured a 1-0 victory against Morocco in a Group A match played here earlier in the day.
The top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter-finals.
In a Group B game in Margao, Germany beat Nigeria 2-1.



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