Continuing his brilliant form, the Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri along with his two goals helped the nation to win the Intercontinental Cup 2018 by defeating Kenya with a score of 2-0. The match which was being held at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday was packed up with the fans as the tickets were sold out for this match. The Indian Football team seemed to be very aggressive since the inception of the first half and kept penetrating the Kenyan defense.
The magic of Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri has managed to hit a goal in all of the three games in this tournament, not to be forgotten – the hattrick against Chinese Taipei. In that match itself, the team won the match easily by 5-0. Also, the unstoppable Chhetri has already been in limelight for attending his 100th international match against Kenya in a league match at the Mumbai Football Arena. Earlier, he went on with a message on social media that went viral in which he pleaded fans for their support, Things have turned out to be miraculous since then. Many celebrities have come in the support of the Indian Football team, and neither had Sunil Chhetri disappointed them.
Another great milestone came for Sunil Chhetri as he has now become the second highest international goalscorer equalling Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s 64 goals. He is now just behind Christiano Ronaldo (81 goals) and so is the second highest most active international player. A proud moment for India !!!
His request to the fans.
Earlier, he went on with a message on social media that went viral in which he pleaded fans for their support, Things have turned out to be miraculous since then. Many celebrities have come in the support of the Indian Football team, and neither had Sunil Chhetri disappointed them. Even Virat Kohli had shared his views regarding Sunil Chhetri’s plea to the fans. As a result, all the three games have been jam-packed with the crowd. The tickets were sold out before the match. The crowd kept on cheering the team. For a moment it was tough to figure out that whether it was a cricket match or a football match.
But it all ended up very well, the team’s confidence level will be for sure in the seventh sky. India now has to play the AFC Asian Cup to be held in January 2019.
Highlights of the final match of the Intercontinental Cup 2018
21:53 IST : India beat Kenya 2-0 to lift the Intercontinental Cup
21:52 IST : 90+3′ : And its over! India outclass Kenya 2-0 in the finals of the Intercontinental Cup. Sunil Chhetri’s legend continues to grow as he scores twice in the all-important final.
21:48 IST : 90′ : Three minutes of EXTRA TIME
21:45 IST : 87′ : Corner! Another corner for Kenya another header from Dennis and another MISS! Kenyans succumbing under pressure. Ball sails pass over the net. India still lead 2-0 against Kenya
21:40 IST : 81′ : Substitution for India: Udanta Singh is replaced by Ashique Kuruniyan
21:39 IST : 80′ : Final 10 minutes and its still 2-0 in India’s favor.
21:33 IST : 75′ : BRILLIANT SAVE! Free kick for Kenya from right outside the box and Gurpreet Sandhu puts in a brilliant dive. Great save from the Indian goalkeeper. India still with 2-0 lead but Kenyans are testing Indian defenders really hard.
21:29 IST : 70′ : Another opportunity another miss for Kenya! Dennis hits straight in the hands of goalkeeper Sandhu. Kenyans have been right on the money in the second half but have just not been able to find the net. Indian defense needs to concentrate more.
21:24 IST : 66′ : Balwant Singh with a free kick but lands straight in the hands of the Kenyan goalkeeper.
21:19 IST : 61′ : Two back to back changes for Indian team. Balwant Singh comes in for Jeje Lalpekhlua while Rowllin Borges replaces Holicharan Narzary.
21:15 IST : 57′ : Corner for Kenya! but Sunil heads the ball safely away from the net.
21:12 IST : 54′ : Kenyans have brilliantly controlled the ball till now in the second half but have failed to score yet.
21:05 IST : 47′ : Kenyan attackers have come all charged up in the second half. Two shots on target in the first two minutes of the second half.
21:04 IST : 46′ : Brilliant diving save from the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu in the initial minute of the second half.
21:03 IST: Second half begins.
20:47 IST : HALF-TIME : Blue Tigers have been of fire in the first half. Skipper Sunil Chhetri has lead the team from the front scoring twice in the eighth and the twenty-ninth minute of the game. On the other hand Kenyan defense has been sloppy in the first half while their attackers have been tackled brilliantly by the Indian defense. IND 2-0 KEN
20:45 IST : 45′ : Two minutes of added time in the first half
20:41 IST : 41′ : Second yellow card for Kenya. Sunil Chhetri takes in the free kick from right outside the box but the ball sails over the the net.
20:37 IST : 37′ : First change for the Kenyan team. John Makwata comes in for Kenneth Mugambi.
20:34 IST : 34″ : Chhetri goes down. Yellow card for Oginga.
20:33 IST : 33′ : Kenyan attackers are trying really hard to penetrate but Indian defense has been brilliant so far.
20:28 IST : 28′ : GOAL! Chhetri is on Fire. Second goal from the skipper. He is playing on a different level today. Brilliant pass from the centre of the pitch and Chhetri does the rest. IND 2-0 KEN
20:27 IST : 27′ : Corner for Kenya! Ends safely in the hands of goalkeeper Sandhu
20:24 IST : 24′ : Kenyan team on the offensive now but have been brilliantly dealt with by the Indian defense.
20:19 IST : 19′ : Counter attack from the visitors. Kenyan attackers get the ball past the Indian defense but the ball goes straight into the hands of the goalkeeper Sandhu.
20:13 IST : 13′ : India continues to attack. Possession has mostly been with the Indian team till now. Kenyan defense is under pressure.
20:09 IST: 7′ : GOAL! The legend of skipper Sunil Chhetri continues to grow. Free kick from Anirudh Thapa and a brilliant flick from the skipper. Ball lands inside the net. India 1-0 Kenya
20:03 IST: 4′: Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan cheering the men in blue from the stands.
20:01 IST: It has been a good offensive start by the Indian team, penetrating the Kenyan defense twice in the first minute of the game itself.
20:00 IST: First half begins
19:45 IST: Once again Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, the crowd is all set and so are the players.