Doha: Two goals from India’s charismatic player Sunil Chhetri helped India beat Bangladesh 2-0 to register their first win in the combined qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 here on Monday.
This victory is very special
This is the team’s first win in 6 years in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers. In the World Cup qualifiers outside the home ground, the Indian team has registered a victory after 20 years.
India’s hopes rise
With this win, the Indian team’s hopes of qualifying directly in the third round of the Asian Qualifiers have increased. The top 3 teams in the group table will directly qualify for the third round of the Asian Cup Qualifiers. However, the Indian football team is already out of the race to qualify for the World Cup 2022.
Skipper @chetrisunil11 appreciating the love from the fans after another top draw performance!
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 7, 2021
Second goal scored in the last moments
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri scored another goal in the last moments (90 + 2 minutes) after opening the team’s account in the 79th minute and scored 2-0 in this match of Group E. ensured victory.
Give 3 points to India
In the second half of the match, Ashiq Kurunian’s cross was converted into a goal by Chhetri making a superb angle from the header, due to which Indian coach Igor Stimac heaved a sigh of relief. Chhetri didn’t stop there at the Al Saad Stadium here as he ensured 3 points for the Indian team in the last moments by brilliantly passing Suresh Singh’s pass into the goal post.
Chhetri took full advantage
The Indian team was dominant in the match from the beginning, but after falling behind by a goal, the Bangladesh players retaliated. Bangladesh’s team could not score a goal but it gave India an opportunity to take the lead, which Sunil Chhetri took full advantage of.
7 points for India
With this win, the Indian team has 7 points from 6 matches and has reached the third place in the group table. Apart from this win, the team’s account includes three losses and three draws. India now has to play its last league match against Afghanistan on 15 June.
Chhetri overtakes Messi
The number of international goals of Sunil Chhetri has now reached 74, thus he overtook Lionel Messi (72) of Argentina and Ali Mabkhaut (73) of UAE. Among the active players in international football, Chhetri has the most goals after Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Ronaldo has 103 international goals.
He’s now got more than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 win in #WCQ and moves him on to 74 international goals – above Lionel Messi and one off entering world football’s all-time top 10 @chetrisunil11 | @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/sCCd6BgS9H
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 7, 2021
List of top active international football goal scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo-103 (Portugal)
Sunil Chhetri-74 (India)
Ali Mabkhaut-73 (UAE)
Lionel Messi-72 (Argentina)
Robert Lewandowski-66 (Poland)
luis suarez-63 (Uruguay)
Zlatan Ibrahmanovich-62 (Sweden)
Romelu Lukaku-60 (Belgian)
Edin Dijkow-59 (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Ali Ashfaq-53 (Maldives)