Sunil Chhetri equals Lionel Messi’s record as India beat Kenya 2-0 to lift the Cup

It was quite an emotional moment for the Indian football fans, in particular as India trounce Kenya by 2 goals to nil in Mumbai to win the Intercontinental Cup.

The fans witnessed a cracker of a contest in the cup final that saw the Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri chipping in with a brace in the 8th and 29th minute to give the team an edge in the first half itself.

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In the process, Sunil Chhetri matched Lionel Messi’s goal tally of 64 to his name in the international level. Messi’s goal scoring record of 64 puts him in the second place because he already achieved the feat in 22 less games.

Talking about the match, the Indian players gave absolutely everything to keep the oppisition at bay. After an emotional appeal by Sunil Chhetri, the fans responded well and turned up in numbers to the stadium. Since then, there has always been a chorus support from all corners of the stadium.

When India locked horns with Kenya earlier in the league stage fixture, the Blues won 3-0. Glad that the Indians carried on with the same momentum in the final against the same opponent to pull off the ropes in a sensational fashion. Indians didn’t give Kenya any snippet of breathing space to go for the kill. They defended very well, made use of the chances to good effect.

Credits to the Indian football team coach Stephan Constantine for working beyond the scenes to bring out the best in the players. Sunil Chhetri stole the spotlight as he scored 8 goals in this tournament.

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.