Doha ഇന്ത്യ Victory for India in hopes of qualifying for the Asian Cup. India beat neighboring Bangladesh by two goals in the World Cup-Asian Cup qualifier. Captain Sunil Chhetri scored both India’s goals. The goals were scored in 79, 90 + 2 minutes. The Indian football team has won after a long wait of 11 matches.
With this, India retained the 3rd position in Group E with 6 points from 7 matches. Qatar (19) and Oman (12) are in the top two in the group. Afghanistan are 4th with 5 points from 6 matches challenging India. The top 3 finishers in the group can advance directly to the Asian Cup.
India, ranked 97th, won the match against Bangladesh, ranked 192nd in the FIFA rankings, but things were not easy. Despite attacking from the start, India were able to find the target only towards the end of the second half. In the first half, Chinglinsana Singh Konsham and Manveer Singh came close to scoring but failed to break down Bangladesh’s solid defense.
In the second half, Bipin Singh was replaced by Malayalee Aashiq Kuruniyan and coached by Igor Stimach. Despite scoring 74% of the ball in the game for India, the scoring did not work. India’s match against Afghanistan is on the 15th.
With a double against Bangladesh, Chhetri’s goal tally rose to 74 in the Indian jersey. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player still to have scored more goals for the national team than any other player still active on the field. Ronaldo has scored 103 goals for Portugal so far. Argentina superstar Lionel Messi (72) was overtaken by Sunil Chhetri in goal.
With this, Chhetri became the 11th highest scoring player in international football. Hungary’s Sandor Kosis, Japan’s Kunishike Kamamoto and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah are just one goal ahead of Chhetri.
English Summary: FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri scores twice to help India crush Bangladesh, end winless streak