Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri led his team from the front as the forward scored a brace in his team’s game against Cambodia in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday. On the back of Chhetri’s two goals, India were able to beat Cambodia 2-0 and get a crucial win. Brandon Fernandes also impressed with his agility and neat passes in the game.
India got an early lead when Sunil Chhetri converted a penalty shot in the 14th minute of the play. The Men in Blue then kept the lead intact till the halftime as they did not give Cambodia any chance in the field. Igor Stimac made a couple of changes after the half-time. Anirudh Thapa and Manvir Singh made way for Sahal Samad and Udant Singh.
The second half saw India being more aggressive as the strikers tried to find the back of the net more often. Roshan Singh came with a left-footer attempt on goal from the right flank in the 57th minute but with not enough power on the shot, it got deflected by the Cambodian defender. However, the captain brought the second goal shortly, in the 60th minute. Sunil Chhetri brought a beautiful header and sent Brandon’s cross from the right into the Cambodian net. With this goal, Sunil Chhetri took his international goals tally to 82.
The last 15 minutes saw India keeping the lead intact with Samad trying a few shots. Samad took a free-kick shot from a distance in the 79th minute, shoot, the ball landed up with Glan who went for a header but the shot was off the target! Nonetheless, India comfortably saw it off and notched up their first win.
With this win, India now sit at the top of the table in Group D with three points. They pipped Afghanistan on goal difference (India 2, Afghanistan 1).