Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India’s first Asian Cup win since 1964
Updated: January 9, 2019 7:07:51 am
Updated : January 9, 2019 7:07:51 am
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India kicked-off their AFC Asian Cup campaign on a high as the Blue Tigers secured a thumping 4-1 win over Thailand. A brace from Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri and a goal each from Anirudh Thapa and Mizo sniper Jeje Lalpekhlua rounded India's first win in the tournament since 1964.
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Sunil Chhetri broke the deadlock in the 27th minute of the match as he blasted into the bottom-right corner from the penalty spot. However, Thailand bounced back into the contest after a couple of minutes as Teerasil Dangda’s header crashed into the Indian net from a free-kick.
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The scenario was completely different in the second half as India dominated the next half.
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India regained their lead, as Chhetri found the net in the opening minutes of the second half.
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Later in the half, goals from Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua saw India sail to a comfortable victory.
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Speaking after the match, Chettri said, "You can see the jubilation and happiness whenever someone scores. I am so happy for the boys. Every one of them ran and defended for their lives."