Pakistan crush Maldives to end SAFF Women’s Championship journey

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KATHMANDU: Pakistan, who had already been put out of the event, on Tuesday recorded a consolation win when they routed Maldives 7-0 in their last Group A match of the SAFF Women’s Championship here at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

England-based Nadia Khan left an impact as she scored four goals in Pakistan’s massive triumph, also becoming the first woman of Pakistan to have netted four goals in any international game.

Pakistan finished third in their group with a single win from three games. Pakistan had lost to India 0-3 and Bangladesh 0-6 in their first two matches which had ended their title hopes.

Pakistan dominated the entire game and Maldives looked under pressure. Pakistan got onto the scoresheet in the 39th minute through Rameen Fareed who beat the keeper Aminath Leeza through a 25-yard tame drive. Khadija Kazmi doubled Pakistan’s lead from the spot in the 48th minute.

And then was seen Doncaster Rover Belles’ player Nadia who hit three goals in the 53rd, 78th and 84th minutes to complete her hat-trick. Nadia’s pace was too much for the Maldives girls as she ripped through the Maldives defence to score the treble. Nadia added another goal in the 90th minute of the match to finish with a personal tally of four.

Substitute Anmol Hira rounded off the dominating win with a goal in stoppage time.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan was playing in the international circuit after eight years. It was also a debut event of the head coach Adeel Rizki who was seen as too defensive in the first two round games of the group which Pakistan lost heavily.

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