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Rising Student beat Pune City to climb to top of IWL table

New Delhi, Feb 5:

Rising Student Club leapfrogged table toppers Alakhpura FC to take the pole position in the ongoing inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League with nine points from four matches, following their 5-0 win over FC Pune City at the Ambedkar Stadium here today.

A brace from Jabamani Tudu (1, 15 minutes) and strikes from Anju Tamang (44) and Sasmita Malik (47, 73) led Rising Student to an easy win.

Rising Student stunned FC Pune City by taking the lead as early as the 1st minute when Tudu’s back header bounced over an onrushing custodian and ended in the back of the net. The early goal knocked the stuffing out of FC Pune City, whilst setting an attacking tempo for Rising Student’s Club.

Ngoubi could have put another on the goal scoring tally with less than five minutes on the clock, but her volley from outside of the box caused little trouble for Rumpa Malik.

But in the 15th minute, Tudu’s ferocious shot from outside of the box crashed into the back of the net and Rising Student doubled their lead.

With FC Pune City trailing 2-0 with less than 20 minutes on the clock, morale seemed to seep from the ‘girls in orange’, as miss-passes became a common feature.

The pressure from Rising Student was so much that even FC Pune City’s counter attacks resulted in nothing.

Anju Tamang took advantage of a faulty clearance and poked it home to give Rising Student a 3-0 lead in the 44th minute.

After the half-time break, Rising Student were awarded a penalty in the 47th minute when Laura handed the ball inside the penalty box. Sasmita Malik slotted it with ease to make it 4-0 for Rising Student’s Club.

Even after that Rising Student continued to attack and created chances at will.

FC Pune City tried to minimise the deficit but failed to open their goal-scoring tally.

Meanwhile, Sasmita Malik’s 73rd minute strike added gloss to the scoreline as the full-time scoreline read 5-0 in Rising Student Club’s favour. PTI

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