Indian Women's Football Team knocked out of the Asian Games 2023 after losing by 0-1 to Thailand

Thailand defeated India by 1-0 in the second group stage game as the Blue Tigresses were knocked out of the Asian Games 2023.

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Asian Games 2023 | Indian Women's Football Team knocked out of the Asian Games 2023 after losing by 0-1 to Thailand | Sportz Point

India's journey in the Asian Games 2023 has come to an end. The results didn't fall in their favor but it has to be acknowledged that the Blue Tigresses were competitive in both their matches. In this encounter against Thailand, they were impressive in the second half and created several goal-scoring chances. However, they were unable to capitalize on their chances and it cost the team an elimination from the competition.

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The players seemed to have left their shooting boots at home in this very crucial game. Head coach Thomas Dennerby will have much to ponder, but India finished at the bottom of Group B and will return home after just a brief stay in China.

This loss followed India's earlier setback in their Asian Games debut, a 1-2 defeat to Chinese Taipei. This defeat against Thailand finished their chances of securing one of the three second-place spots, which would have allowed them to progress to the knockout rounds alongside the top-ranked teams from the five groups.

Asian Games 2023: What happened in the game?

Anju Tamang started brilliantly for the Indians as she created the first opportunity in the 11th minute from the right flank but her cross was intercepted. Five minutes later, Manisha Kalyan created a couple of chances in the company of Bala Devi and Dangmei Grace, but they failed to produce any result.

In the 25th minute, Manisha's shot was blocked by Thailand's defence. However, Thailand made its own move through Chetthabutr Kanyanat. However, she was denied by the combination of Ashalata Devi and goalkeeper Shreya Hooda. India and Thailand went into the half-time 0-0.

In the second half, Thailand increased their moves. India managed to keep them out, but not for long. Parichat slotted in easily a low cross from the right flank by Pengngam Saowalak. After that goal, India attempted to bounce back with some strong and purposeful moves. but they failed miserably

Manisha produced a couple of opportunities. But both were denied by the Thai keeper and also she was called for being off-side couple of moments. In the closing minutes of the match, Thailand switched to a possession-based play. They denied a series of desperate attempts by India to find the equaliser.

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