India suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat at the hands of Belarus at the AGMK Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Thursday.

While both the sides played out an even first half, Belarus took the lead through a Shuppo Nastassia penalty, before Pilipenka Hanna doubled its lead. Meanwhile, India’s Sangita Basfore pulled one back deep into added time.

After a good performance against Uzbekistan, India started off with a high tempo in the first half, and almost took the lead within three minutes, when Soumya Guguloth’s venomous shot from outside the box struck the Belarus cross-bar. Striker Pyari Xaxa did manage to get her head onto the rebound, but her effort looped over the goal and went out of play.

Anju Tamang, looked lively, playing at the right fullback position, often making forays into the opposition area. Not only did she help in attack, but Anju also tracked back to make a few crucial…

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