Jyoti Chauhan Becomes the First Indian to Score a Goal in an European Finale Game

She also boasts the distinction of being the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick in the highest division of European football. She defeated ZNK Agram with a superb hat trick.

On Sunday, Indian football player Jyoti Chouhan scored in the European Final for the first time. Jyothi from Sardapur, Madhya Pradesh, who played for ZNK Dinamo Zagreb, scored in the Croatia women’s Cup championship game.

Goal in a losing cause

She did score, but the team still fell to ZNK Split 3-2. Both teams were tied at one goal each at the break. Zagreb took the lead in the 48th minute thanks to Jyothi after the intermission. However, Aida Hadi’s double later in the half gave Split the victory. 

In addition to this, Jyoti has been impressive in her stint at the club. She also holds the record for being the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick in the European top flight.

Indian career of Jyoti

During the previous campaign, Jyoti and Gokulam Kerala FC won the Indian Women’s League. The first foreigners to play for the Dinamo Zagreb women’s football squad are Jyoti and Soumya Guguloth of Gokulam Kerala FC.

Five international clubs (Rangers WFC, Marbella FC, ZNK Dinamo Zagreb, Western Sydney Wanders FC, and Melbourne Victory FC) instructed, evaluated, and prepared Jyoti prior to joining Zagreb in the hopes that he would be chosen and given the opportunity to sign a professional contract. Aside from that, they engaged in two friendly contests with Kolkata’s youth teams.

Impact of the training and consequent signing

All coaches were favourably astonished by the skill level, technique, and knowledge of the two Indian players, and ZNK Dinamo Zagreb didn’t waste any time in inviting Jyoti and Soumya to Croatia for their preseason and longer trials.

Eventually, before the start of the current league season, Jyoti Chouhan signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Zagreb, becoming their first foreign player.

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