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India U-16 Girls Football Team Stuns Pakistan By 4-0 In AFC Women's Championship Qualifier

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| September 19 , 2018 , 19:42 IST

The India Under-16 girls football team on Wednesday stunned arch-rivals Pakistan with a scoreline of 4-0 in the ongoing AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifier at the MFF Stadium, held at Thailand.

While Avika Singh (22nd minute) opened the scoring for India, the Pakistani goalie Ayesha (43rd) conceded an own goal at the stroke of half-time.

Sunita Munda (82nd) added another to get herself on the scoresheet, whereas skipper Shilky Devi (88th) wrapped it up in style.

With this win, India are firmly seated at the top of the Group B, having collected six points from two matches.

Sunita, Shilky and Avika combined well to wreak havoc on the arch-rivals but the Pakistani defenders soaked in the pressure until the 22nd minute when Avika notched the opening goal for India.

Sunita breezed past the left-back to deliver a low cross for Avika, whose well-timed tap-in earned India the lead.

Pakistan were happy to sit back in their own half and defend. Goalkeeper Ayesha made some exquisite saves during the course of the game but a miscued effort from her in the 41st minute landed inside the goal to hand India a 2-0 lead.

After the changeover, India continued to mount more pressure on Pakistan. The third goal came in the 82nd minute when Sunita, the architect of Avika's goal, got her name on the score sheet.

Six minutes later, skipper Shilky latched on to another attack down the middle and kept her calm to score the fourth goal of the game.

Further India are all set to take on the hosts Mongolia in their next match, which is scheduled two days later.

India's Playing XI Manisha (GK), Jyoti Kumari, Ritu Devi, Pinku Devi (Priyangka Devi 46th), Priyanka Sujjesh, Anju, Poonam, Kiran, Sunita Munda, Avika Singh (Varsha 78th), Shilky Devi (C).