New Delhi: Indian women’s football team began their campaign in the Incheon Asian Games on a high, as they gave a resounding performance to beat Maldives 15-0, in their first Group A match on Sunday. Winger Sasmita Malik was the star of the match after bagging five goals. With this win India got off to a positive start in the tournament.
Apart from Sasmita Malik, midfielder Kamala Devi scored four goals as the duo underlined India’s dominance in a match where their counterparts were blanked on all department.
The AIFF posted the goal-scorers names in micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Sasmita 5th, 23rd, 26th, 80th, 87th), Kamala 17th 23rd, 31st 45+3, 66th), Bala 18th 45+1, (Ashalata 54th), (Bembem 56th), Prameshwori 90+3)
— AIFF (@AiffMedia) September 14, 2014
Skipper Bembem Devi, strikers Bala and Prameshwori Devi alongwith defender Ashalata Devi also got on the scoresheet.
The Indian women who led 9-0 at the interval next play hosts South Korea on September 17 while their last Group League match is against Thailand on September 19.
Meanwhile, the Indian U-23 men's team under the leadership of Sunil Chhetri, begin their campaign on Monday when they take on a strong United Arab Emirates, the silver medalists of the last Asian Games held in Guangzhou in 2010. The kick-off of the match is at IST 1.30pm.