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Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India’s first Asian Cup win since 1964

India kicked-off their AFC Asian Cup campaign on a high as the Blue Tigers secured a thumping 4-1 win over Thailand

Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India's first Asian Cup win since 1964

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.

Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India's first Asian Cup win since 1964

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.

Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India's first Asian Cup win since 1964

The scenario was completely different in the second half as India dominated the next half.

India vs Thailand

India regained their lead, as Chhetri found the net in the opening minutes of the second half.

India vs Thailand

Later in the half, goals from Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua saw India sail to a comfortable victory.

India vs Thailand

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."