The Indian debutants, who had qualified for the age group showpiece as hosts, had lost to the United States (0-8) and Morocco (0-3) in their previous matches of the group A. They finished bottom of the four-team group without any points while conceding 16 goals in three matches.
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Brazil and the United States, who beat Morocco 4-0 in the other simultaneous Group A match in Margao, qualified for the quarter-finals with seven points each – two wins and one draw. Brazil and the United States tied 1-1 on October 14.
Aline (40th and 51st minute), who constantly threatened the Indian defense with her pace and trickery, as well as substitute Lara (86th and 90+3) each scored a brace after Gebi Berchon offered a 1 to the southern champions Americans. -0 lead in the 11th minute.
How it happened
Brazil had overwhelming possession and had more than a dozen shots on target against one from the host nation. With nothing to lose and only playing for pride, the Indians did their best and to their credit, it wasn’t a completely one-sided game – like the one against the USA – as feared. .
The Indians chased the ball a lot and tried to stay organized and fit against their physically and technically far superior opponents. However, the Indians couldn’t string together enough passes to stave off proper movement towards the opposing defensive third, exposing their technical weaknesses.
The Indian defense did well to shock the relentless attack of the Brazilians who managed six shots on target in the first session against an Indian. The South American champions had 70% possession in the first half.
After his attempt slipped inches from the target in the ninth minute, Berchon made amends with a clinical finish, linking in a fine cross from the right from Ana Flavia which dodged the India captain and left-back Astam Oraon.
Indian striker Neha had a chance in the 30th minute after being left with only the keeper in front after a defensive error from the Brazilians. But his shot was weak and didn’t cause keeper Leilane much trouble.
India goalkeeper Keisham Melody was called into action in the 33rd minute when she saved a shot from Alice.
The Brazilians’ relentless attack paid off in the 40th minute when Aline beat Melody with a dive for the second goal after Ana Flavia brilliantly sent in a low cross from the right.
The second half was no different as the Indians sat back to defend their citadel while the Brazilians mounted attack after attack.
Brazil scored two gems of long-range goals in the second half to fix the problem. First, Aline curled a powerful right foot into the top left corner of Melody’s goal in the 51st minute which gave the Indian keeper no chance.
Just four minutes before the end of regulation time, Lara fired another shot from outside the box to beat Melody – who otherwise had a decent outing with some fine saves – it all ends for the fourth goal of the match.
Lara then completed his double in the third minute of added time.