The Indian women’s football team on Tuesday missed out an opportunity to qualify for the third round of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers after it was held to a 3-3 draw by Myanmar.
Sandhiya Ranganathan opened the scoring for India, after Ratanbala Devi won the ball high up the field, and set up the striker to score. But they could not hold their lead for long.
India had a sensational chance in the last few minutes of the game, when Sanju stole a march on the Myanmar defense, and was one-on-one with the ‘keeper but her strike was sensationally saved, and that put paid to India’s chances of making it to the next round.
Myanmar finished with seven points and a goal difference of +8, whereas the Indians finished with a goal difference of +4. Both teams beat Nepal 3-1, but Myanmar’s 6-0 drubbing of minnows Indonesia made all the difference; India only managed a 2-0 win over the Indonesians.