This India The U-17 women’s soccer team lost 0-2 to Mexico U-17 in the last match of the 6th Tornio Women’s Football Tournament on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Villes, Italy.
Mexico ended the match with a net in each half, with Catherine Silas and Alice Gallegos coming on the scoresheet.
It was a bit of a crazy start to the game in the early exchanges, as both sides were looking to settle into a good rhythm in the match. Mexico pushed ahead with the initial exchanges in terms of creating opportunities, but India also made its own efforts.
India’s custodian Melody Chanu was called into action early on, as she often came out of her line to punch the Mexican cross and away from danger. She was called back into action in the 14th minute when she came out of her line to save another, but Catherine Silas was present to turn the rebound into the net.
The Young Tigers looked to hit the brakes against their opponents, and the attacker Anita Kumari did the same in the 20th minute, before moving to the pitch towards the Mexican third in the 20th minute. However, she soon ran out of real estate and passing options, as she had to turn back and recycle the ball for her own defense.
Neha looked alive to the left, as she dummyed her marker to find some space, before Anita sent a wide-headed cross through Anita in the 26th minute.
Silas got a second chance from the left that she put wide on the 28th, before Giselle Espinoza sent her free-kick into Melody’s hands. With less than five minutes left in the first half of the clock, Neha broke the left side again, this time, she cross-edging Anita and Kajol D’Souza.
The first half ended as Mexico took their slim lead in the dressing room, as India came out with one change – Sudha Ankita Tirkey instead of Kajal.
India soon got a good chance with a free kick around 30 yards, as defender Purnima Kumari lined up her shot. However, her attempt went over the cross-bar. Minutes later, Young Tigress custodian Melody Chanu was called into action once again as she came out of her line to make a diving save.
With less than 10 minutes left in the clock, Shubhangi Singh stepped on the pitch to create the right opportunity for India, as she passed the ball to Anita, whose cross was slightly ahead of Neha’s as the ball was later snatched.
With just a few minutes left in the clock, India head coach Thomas Danerby kept the wind at bay to replace Mikha Bhandari and Pinku Devi in place of Naketa and Neetu Linda.
However, Mexico soon won with a goal from Alice Gallegos in the third minute of extra time.