India lifts Intercontinental Cup football title, beat Kenya 2-0

Written by June 11, 2018 09:12

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.

India win Intercontinental Cup football titleChhetri 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.

India lifts Intercontinental Cup football trophy

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.

India lifts Intercontinental Cup football title

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.