Indian football team skipper Sunil Chettri continued his great form that led India thrash Kenya to clinch the Intercontinental at the Mumbai Football Arena.
He scored goals in the eighth and 29th minutes after which he also levelled Argentina’s Lionel Messi international goals of 64.
Team Kenya was more or less dominating in the second half of the match but could not convert it into a win as team India was in relax mode with already two goals scored in the first half.
Chhetri was seen livid as India lost momentum in the second half. However, the defenders somehow managed to hold on to their lead. The visitors got nine corners in the match but failed to take advantage at all and in the end get on the score sheet.
Indian defenders Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal and Anas Edathodika stood out for the hosts while Holicharan Narzary also did his bit to come in and protect the lead. But, one man, who was brilliant at the back was goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
The Bengaluru FC goalie wasn't called upon much but whenever he was, he showed why he is the best in the squad. From his safe handling to pin-point distribution, everything was a huge positive for the Men in Blue.
The best part of the match was the crowd support for the Indian football team. Their presence and cheers throughout the 90 minutes was an added bonus even the players couldn't stop appreciating.
The 33-year-old Chhetri, who was playing in his 102nd international match, and Messi are behind leader and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 81 goals from 150 matches.