Palestine hold India

India’s disappointing campaign in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup football (Qualifiers) ended with a 1-1 draw against hosts Palestine here at the Faisal Al Huseni Stadium.

Palestine, riding on striker Caro’s 47th minute spot kick, successfully held a dominant India to a 1-1 draw in their last Group D encounter on Saturday. For India, Sasmita Malik scored her second consecutive goal of the tournament in the 35th minute. 

Both the teams finish their campaigns with a point each. While India are third, Palestine stay rock bottom on the basis of goal difference.

After several attempts, the twice SAFF Champions were rewarded for their relentless attacks in the 35th minute. Sasmita expertly cut past her marker to unleash a thunderous right-footer that crashed into the top right corner.    

Palestine equalised from nowhere minutes after the change of ends. Captain Tuli Goon tripped forward Natali inside the 18-yard box to give away a rare penalty. Caro converted from the spot.

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