Talismanic Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Sunday became the joint second highest global goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi with his 64th strike against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup summit clash at Mumbai.
Unperturbed by the Kenyan pressing, India continued playing offensively and as a result Chhetri scored with a superb finish just before the half hour mark to double India's lead.
They will look to replicate the performance of their league game against the African side again in the summit clash, which the organisers have claimed to be a "sold out" match.
Forget the players for a moment, forget the opposition, forget that they were in Mumbai, hardly a football hotbed, and focus on the structure. This unpleasant incident took place at Mumbai Football Arena during Intercontinental Cup that is going on presently. But Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu pulled off an excellent diving save to keep out the brilliant effort. But the Stephen Constantine coached team are aware to not take Kenya lightly as they have defeated New Zealand 2-1 and drubbed Chinese Taipei 4-0 to secure qualification.
At the back, India have experienced defenders like Sandesh Jhingan and Pritam Kotal.
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Sunil Chhetri who already has 8 goals in 3 matches, scored a brace for India in their win against Kenya, that was also the 31-year-old's momentous 100th game.
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Chhetri, who had come into the match with 62 goals, gave India the lead in the eighth minute before scoring the second goal in the 29th minute to put him on par with Messi.