India lifts Intercontinental Cup football title, beat Kenya 2-0
New Delhi: India have lifted the Intercontinental Cup football title. In the summit clash in Mumbai last night, they defeated Kenya 2-nil.
Both the goals were netted by skipper Sunil Chhetri. He gave India the lead in the eighth minute before scoring the second goal in the 29th minute, resulting in wild celebration of the home fans at the Mumbai Football Arena.
Chhetri had a chance to make it 3-0 and score another hat-trick but he shot over the bar off a free-kick in the 43rd minute. At the half-way stage, India were 2-0 ahead.
The star for India in the second half was their custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who ensured a clean sheet with some of his diving and breath-taking saves.
Chhetri now on par with Messi
The 33-year-old Chhetri’s double strike capped a brilliant tournament which saw him score eight out of India’s 11 goals and put him on par with Argentine superstar Messi with 64 strikes for the country to be the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players.
Twitterati ‘salute’ Sunil Chhetri
Football fans watching the epic battle couldn’t control their joy and poured their out in congratulating Chhetri and the Indian team.
Twitter was flooded with effusive praise for the milestone man Chhetri and his winning team.
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) June 10, 2018
What a moment for Team India and @chetrisunil11 winning Intercontinental cup 2018 defeating Kenya 2-0. In the process Chhetri also equalled Lionel messi scoring 64 international Goals. #INDvKEN pic.twitter.com/4bCKq6ZDL7
— Manoj Kumar Sahu (@ManojSahuG) June 10, 2018