Ratings: Anju Tamang shines as India go down to Chinese Taipei in Asian Games
Yash Pratap Singh
India showed great determination against a ‘favourite’ Chinese Taipei side in the Asian Games today.
India were so close yet so far as they were handed a narrow defeat by Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games. It all started with the jubilation of Anju Tamang scoring the opener for India but the match ended in despair as Chinese Taipei came from behind to clinch all three points.
India did throw the kitchen sink at the Chinese Taipei side, but just couldn’t do enough. On that note, let us take a look at how the players performed in this highly electric clash.
Chinese Taipei Ratings (By Gourav Samal)
Ming-Jung Tsai – 7.5
Tsai was Chinese Taipei’s best player on the field in the first half. Came in charging quite a few times and saved her side from conceding a goal.
Li-Ping Zhuo – 6.5
The defender was seen with some good clearances mainly in the first half when India tried their luck continuously with some attacking mindset.
Kai Ching Wu – 6
The right-back lifted her game in the second half. She not just blocked the attacks but made the right passes at the right moment without any nervousness.
Chia-Ying Ting – 6.5
Ting played her part quite well but was seen mostly with wrong passes. Lost possession a few times in the first half.
Ying-Hui Chen – 6
The defender was not at her best in the game. Not just made some wrong clearances but also gave some wrong passes.
Yu-Chieh Lan – 6.5
Lan was best at the midfield region, but lacked skills at the forward line. She was good at defending the Indian challenges that came running at the team.
Chi Ting – 6
Ting had a good match but she was giving away possession very cheaply at times.
Pi-Han Chan – 6.5
Chan was mostly tackling the Indian attack and kept the score goalless in the first half.
Hsiang-Huei Wang – 7
Wang had a great match. She not just kept the ball moving in the middle but also kept her team’s morale high when they were trailing by a goal.
Yen-Ping Chen – 6.5
Yen had some chances of moving past the Indian defenders a few times but couldn’t create a chance for her team.
Hsiu-Chin Lee – 6.5
The forward tried her luck with some shots at goal but was unable to convert them. She was seen exploiting the Indian defence quite a few times while passing the ball.
Li-Chin Lai – 7.5
Turned out to be the best substitute for Chinese Taipei. Scored the equalizer and also created some chances for taking the lead but couldn’t convert it.
Yu-Hsuan SU – 7
The other substitute who scored the second goal for Chinese Taipei was seen creating more chances for her team but unfortunately those were not fruitful.
Yi-Yun HSU – 6
The midfielder was played some lovely passes to create chances.
Hsin Hui Lin – N/A
Yi-Wen Li – 5
Li came in the 83rd minute, but was still seen creating chances for the team.
India (By Yash Pratap Singh)
Shreya Hooda – 7.5
Shreya was very cool and calm throughout the match. She saved the shots perfectly and denied Chinese Taipei multiple opportunities of scoring. However, Hooda conceded two goals in the second half. She did everything right, but came off her line when she shouldn’t have and India conceded a goal late in the game.
Dalima Chhibber – 7.5
Dalima was handed the set-piece duty. She was solid at the right-back position. She pulled off important defensive contributions and even made a few overlapping runs. Dalima lost the ball a few times but was quick enough to win it back.
Ashalata Devi – 8.0
Ashalata was very solid at the back. She led her side like a true leader and defended with her heart on her sleeves. The skipper made crucial interceptions and clearances to deny Chinese Taipei many times.
Sweety Devi – 7.5
Sweety executed crucial interceptions and blocks at the back. She formed a solid partnership with Ashalata and kept a check on the Chinese Taipei attackers. Moreover, she read the game very well and executed her moves accordingly.
Sanju – 7.5
Sanju made overlapping runs all throughout the game. Not only did she defend brilliantly at the left-back position, but she also participated actively in attack. Sanju ran her socks off and combined well with her teammates.
Sangita Basfore – 7.0
Sangita stopped a counter attack and took a yellow card for the team. She was very good in the middle and contributed a lot for her side. But, as she was on a yellow card, she was taken off at half-time.
Grace Dangmei – 7.0
Grace tried long rangers to test the keeper from outside the box. She also kept a check on the Chinese Taipei players while India did not have the ball. All in all, she put in a good shift in the middle of the park.
Indumathi Kathiresan – 7.5
She played well in the midfield and also combined well with her teammates while India had the ball. Indhumathi held the midfield together and also contributed in defence. She also actively took part in India’s attacking moves.
Manisha Kalyan – 8.0
Manisha was very effective throughout the game. She kept putting in good balls from the left flank. She hit the post once and had a shot on target blocked by a defender which fell to Anju who scored India’s opening goal. She also came back to defend and helped her teammates at the back.
Anju Tamang – 8.5
Anju Tamang gave India an lead early in the second half as she perfectly placed her shot past the keeper and broke the deadlock. She made continuous runs through the right flank and finally capped it off with a goal.
Bala Devi – 7.0
Bala Devi made a return to the national team after four long years. She was actively involved in India’s offensive moves. Bala Devi tested the Chinese Taipei keeper with a shot on target from range. She was eventually substituted in the second half.
Astam Oraon – 7.0
She came on to replace Sangita after the break. Astam gave away a foul in a crucial position, but also made a crucial last-minute clearance later in the game. She contributed evenly on either end of the pitch.
Jyoti Chauhan – 6.5
She came on in the second half. Jyoti looked lively ever since coming on and was always in the lookout for a chance to score. She beat her defender and made good runs but couldn’t execute her moves to perfection.
Priyanka Devi – 6.5
She came on for Grace late in the second half. She almost reached a loose ball before the Chinese Taipei defender cleared her lines. Priyangka made a clearance late in the game.
Soumya Goguloth – N/A