Vastavam web: The Indian U-17 women’s national team lost 1-3 to Russia in the BRICS U-17 tournament in Johannesburg today. Coming on the back of a 0-5 loss against the hosts South Africa, the Indian eves took an early lead through Soumya Guguloth in the 6th minute but Russia came back strong and ran out eventual winners, scoring three goals in the remaining time. Soumya had put India ahead when she slotted home from a cross, but the opponents equalised three minutes later.
Changing over, the Indian eves showed vigour in attacking but the momentum was cut short once again when Russia found the net in the 62nd minute to double their lead as the scoreline read 1-3. In the 77th minute, Samiksha rattled the woodwork after her fierce free-kick left the opposition custodian bewildered. The Indian eves pressed to minimize their deficit but could only hit the woodwork in the dying embers of the match.