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FIFA Women’s U-17 WC: India suffers 0-3 loss to Morocco, excluding quarter-final berth | Football news

BHUBANESWAR: Host nation India conceded three goals in the second half and suffered a humiliating 0-3 loss to Morocco in their second Group A match and crashed out of the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup on Friday.
Debutants Morocco scored via El Madani (50th minute), Yasmine Zouhir (61st) and Cherif Djennah (90+1) to score their first win of the tournament.
India, which also made its debut as an automatic host country, had lost 0-8 to the US in the opening game on Tuesday. They will face Brazil in their final group stage match on October 17, which will be of academic interest only.
Morroco was still in contention for a place in the quarter-finals with three points after title contenders Brazil and the US tied for a 1-1 draw in another Group A game here earlier in the day.

Brazil and the US now have four points each after two games. Morocco, which had lost 0-1 to Brazil on Tuesday, will play against the US on October 17.
They were a much better Indian side after their modest 0-8 loss to the US and they briefly dominated early in the first half, which was largely evenly split. But the hosts lost the plot in the second half, conceding three goals to lose the game to the African team.
Goalkeeper Melody Keisham, who replaced Anjali Munda after the game against the US, had an unforgettable match when her mistake led to Morocco’s second goal.
In the eight minutes of the game, India put pressure on the opponent’s defense. Nitu Linda collected the ball in the Morocco box and she tried to set up Anita Kumari, but a defender managed to clear the ball. Nothing came from the Indian corner.
Four minutes later, it was again Nitu who won the ball after pushing her marker, but her pass to Anita was blocked by a Moroccan player.
After that brief domination by the Indians, Morocco was on the rise and they were unlucky not to take the lead with the crossbar saving India in the 18th minute.
Melody failed to collect the ball neatly after an attempt by Hajar Said. El Madani then sent in a cross but two Moroccan players couldn’t connect it, but captain Zouhir was there to put in a powerful shot but only to hit the crossbar.
Another chance for Morocco came just on the halftime whistle when Melody again failed to get hold of the ball, but India survived as both sides locked 0-0 at half time.
Five minutes into the second half, Naketa handled the ball in the Indian penalty area and the referee did not hesitate to point to the dreaded spot and El Madani stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
Morocco doubled the lead after Melody tried to collect a cross from the right and captain Yasmine Zouhir put the ball in with a left foot after 61 minutes.
Morocco then added salt to India’s injury as Cherif Djennah passed the Indian markers on the left before scoring a clinical goal in the first minute of added time.
“We fought hard, but lost the game. We will try to do our best against Brazil,” captain Astam Oraon said after the game.
“It was a much better performance by the team (than the game against USA). But we made mistakes, also by the goalkeeper (second goal)”, said head coach Thomas Dennerby.



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