Stockholm, January 23 (agency)
The Indian women’s football team, despite putting up a tough challenge, lost 0-1 to Sweden in the three-nation Under-23 tournament after scoring a goal in injury time in the second half. Midfielder Lin Vikious scored the lone goal for Sweden in the match played on Wednesday night in the 96th minute (6th minute of injury time). India dominated from the start and created many scoring opportunities but missed the last minute which cost them dearly. India got their first big chance in the 12th minute of the match when midfielder Manisha Kalyan hit a pass from her teammate Martina Thokchom but it went straight to the goalkeeper. Manisha got a chance to score again in the 35th minute, but her attempt was foiled by the Swedish defense. Swedish goalkeeper Emma Holmgren then foiled India’s second chance in the 40th minute. Indian goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan, on the other hand, was cautious. When it looked like the match was going to be a draw, Vikious scored the key goal for Sweden. India will take on the US in their next match on June 25.