Highlights, Intercontinental Cup 2018, India vs Kenya: Sunil Chhetri marks 100th appearance with brace as hosts win

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Highlights, Intercontinental Cup 2018, India vs Kenya: Sunil Chhetri marks 100th appearance with brace as hosts win
  • 23:18 (IST)

    What a day it has been for Indian football and captain Sunil Chhetri!!! The skipper showcased a brilliant performance in his 100th match by scoring a brace on either side of Jeje Lalpekhlua's blinder. 

    His clarion call for football fans across the country to fill in the stadium rang loud and the fans responded by coming in throes to watch the match against Kenya. 

    Chhetri and Co gave it their all in a rain-affected first half and a closely contested second to provide the fans everything that was promised. 

    As I said, what a day for Indian football and Sunil Chhetri. 

    That's it from us and join us again on Thursday as India take on New Zealand. May the rain gods be kinder and the crowds repeat their performance from today. 

  • 22:52 (IST)

    Hindi actor Varun Dhawan extended his wishes too 

  • 22:49 (IST)

    Indian cricketer VVS Laxman tweeted out his wishes 

  • 22:42 (IST)

    Union minister Suresh Prabhu congratulates the Indian team and Sunil Chhetri 

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri: "I am so happy that they turned up. In the future, we might win some games and lose some, but if this is the kind of audience we have, we will give our everything on the pitch. 

    I am not sure if they know that the fans need to be calm when your own player is taking the penalty. But, I am thankful that the ball went in. 

    With the support we got tonight, the boys are buzzing inside. A little bit of appreciation goes a long way. We are going to give our 100 percent to our country." 

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Fans celebrating with the team 

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Sandeep Jhingan, the 'Hero of the Match' thanks the Mumbai fans who showed up for the match against Kenya. He wishes the crowd turns up for the next match against New Zealand too. 

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Kudos to the fans for responding to the Captain's call

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Anish Anand sums it up

  • 22:01 (IST)

    FT! 

    IND 3-0 KEN

    India win 3-0 and a fan enters the stadium, touches Chhetri's feet and is taken away by the cops. The Indian team led by Chhetri takes a lap of honour, fans rush to the railings. Chhetri couldn't have asked for a more fitting day

  • GOAL!

    IND 3-0 KEN

    Brilliant, beautiful and sublime. This one was for the fans. Delightful chip over the Kenyan keeper and Chhetri and Co are home and dry. What a moment for the champion!

  • 21:46 (IST)

    One more change as goalscorer Jeje Lalpekhlua goes off to a standing ovation as Balwant Singh comes on 

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Ten minutes of normal time remain and India go in for a couple of changes. While Malappuram-born Ashik Kurunian comes in for Halicharan Narzary, the impressive Anirudh Thapa is replaced by Rowllin Borges. 

  • 21:42 (IST)

    80' IND 2-0 KEN

    Sandesh Jhingan exits to a standing ovation. Narayan Das replaces him. Subhashish Bose moves to central defence

  • 21:36 (IST)

    GOAL!

    IND 2-0 KEN

    India double their lead. Jeje with a scorching finish from close range. India have upped the ante in the second half and Kenya have looked devoid of energy. 

    At 2-0, the game is well and truly up for the visitors

  • Sunil Chhetri plays his 100th game whose build-up is dominated by a video he posts pleading people to come to watch him play. He gets his wish as people turn up in large numbers to support him. He wins the penalty, he scores the goal as 10000 people who came just for that particular moment rejoice together. What a story!

  • 21:35 (IST)

    GOAL! 

    IND 1-0 KEN

    Sunil Chhetri puts India in front with a penalty that goes in despite the Kenyan keeper getting a hand to it. India are 22 minutes away from booking their place in the final

  • Penalty to India! Sunil Chhetri is brought down in the box. The roof is off this stadium. Chhetri set to get his goal now

  • 60' IND 0-0 KEN

    The rain has stopped and chances coming thick and fast for both sides. Kenya miss two one on one chances in as many minutes. Meanwhile, at the other end Chhetri fails to apply finishing touches to a cross from Halicharan Narzary.

    The crowd though chant Chhetri's name to motivate the frustrated Indian skipper

  • The groundsmen have been working to get the water off the field throughout the half-time interval. It seems they have done a decent job with it as the puddles have disappeared

  • HT IND 0-0 KEN

    It's a half that's been dominated by the rain. Neither side can claim to have edged it.  Kenya were better at the start and India ended the game strongly. Chhetri going close to breaking the deadlock. 

    Expect to see much more goalmouth action in the second half

  • The rain has significantly reduced now and we can immediately see Indians playing some intricate stuff at the edge of the box.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    35' IND 0-0 KEN

    The rains are hampering the pace of the game, but the spirit of players and fans seem to bot dampen at all as the match continues to progress. The Kenyans are with more possession but in such a rain-marred game, mistakes will matter more than possession.  

  • 25' IND 0-0 KEN

    Sunil Chhetri almost scores after a mixup in the Kenyan defence allows the Indian captain to have an attempt on goal. The goalkeeper is off his line and Chhetri almost catches him out. Chhetri! Chhetri chant rings round the stadium. The place is absolutely buzzing now. Electric atmosphere

  • The general stands are full. About 20% of the seats in VIP stands that are allocated by the organising body are empty. Tells you a story doesn't it. The public has responded to the captain's plea, but those precious few who run the sport in our country still need convincing it appears

  • 15' IND 0-0 KEN

    Kenya dominating territorially without causing much threat. They have lined up in a 4-4-2 formation. The visitors appear pretty athletic.

    The conditions though aren't helping either team. It's a crazy downpour

  • 20:11 (IST)

    Indian football legends IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia are in attendance for Sunil Chhetri's 100th match 

  • The weather right now at Mumbai 

  • 5'  IND 0-0 KEN

    India starting in a typical 4-4-1-1 formation. The midfield duo of Anirudh Thapa and Prannoy Halder are going to be tested physically.

    With the rain lashing in, the pitch at the Mumbai Football Arena is going to be tested as well

  • The game is underway at the Mumbai Football Arena. The stadium is almost 70% full

  • Brilliant atmosphere. This is what Sunil Chhetri had asked for. To add to it it has started rain. Kick off is minutes away

  • Here are a bunch of fans who have turned out in the Indian jerseys to support the Blue Tigers

  • People queuing outside the ticket counter ahead of the kick-off

  • Vande Mataram!! It's a trademark of the Mumbai crowd. The Indian National song rings the stadium as teams head out.

    India are unchanged and Sunil Chhetri gets his 100th cap

  • 19:55 (IST)

    It's time for the national anthems and it is an encouraging turnout at the Mumbai Football Arena 

  • Clear rise in the crowd turnout today. The stadium is already half full and there are plenty of people yet to come in.

    We can expect the stadium to completely fill by 8:30

  • 19:52 (IST)

    After India captain Sunil Chhetri's plea, the fans reacted almost instantaneously and the Mumbai Football Arena was sold out for the 2nd match against Kenya. Here's Firstpost's Vaibhav Shah writing on the match being sold out in an unprecedented fashion

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Here's G Rajaraman's take on AIFF's lack of effort to promote the game in India

  • 19:34 (IST)

    Here's Firstpost's Kaushal Shukla interacting with India captain Sunil Chhetri's wife Sonam Bhattacharya

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Watch Firstpost correspondent Kaushal Shukla preview the match from outside the Mumbai Football Arena 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    The tickets for Monday's match has been sold out with the fans rallying behind the Indian team lead by Sunil Chhetri. 

  • 19:12 (IST)

    This will be India captain Sunil Chhetri's 100th appearance for the Blue Tigers. His passionate appeal for fans to come watch the Indian football team Live in action has resulted in impressive turnouts for the 2nd group fixture against Kenya at the Mumbai Football Arena. 

  • 18:03 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the Intercontinental Cup match between India and Kenya at the Mumbai Football Arena. 

Preview: Sunil Chhetri will be the cynosure of all eyes as he seeks to make his 100th international memorable by continuing his scoring spree in the Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya on Monday.

With 59 goals to his credit, the talismanic striker is India's all-time leading scorer.

Another win at the Mumbai Football Arena will ensure the home team's passage to the final of the tournament, which is being used as preparation for next year's Asian Cup.

Sunil Chhetri scored a hat-trick against Chinese Taipei in the opening match of the Intercontinental Cup. Image Courtesy: AIFF

File image of Sunil Chhetri from the opening match of the Intercontinental Cup. Image Courtesy: AIFF

The 97th ranked side is on a high having drubbed Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the tournament opener.

Chhetri was in imperious form, scoring his third hat-trick in international football, and he would look to continue in the same manner against the physical stronger African team, which likes to attack.

Chhetri and his strike partner Jeje Lalpekhlua have shown in the past that if they get going, any defence can be breached.

India coach Stephen Constantine has an option upfront in Balwant Singh and, depending on the situation of the match, he can be considered.

If the Chhetri-led Indian forward line is able to strike at will again, then the Kenyans will have some tough time at the back.

India have an array of attacking midfielders like Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa and Pranoy Halder, who clicked in the last game.

Udanta and Pranoy scored against Chinese Taipei and they will certainly start on Monday.

India has an equally strong defence with the experienced Sandesh Jhinghan and Pritam Kotal manning the backline. Add to it the likes of Narayan Das and Subhashis Bose, and the line-up looks solid.

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is the best in the business and his role will be crucial after a game in which his service was rarely required.

Constantine was pleased after his side put up a dominant show in the last game but had warned that they should not get carried away.

India are ranked much higher and are used to the conditions here.

Kenya, on the other hand, would look to spoil Chhetri's party.

Their coach Sebastian Minge had described India as a quality side.

India Squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Subhasish Bose

MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Md. Rafique, Halicharan Narzary, Laldanmawia Ralte

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Alen Deory.

Match starts at 8 PM.


Updated Date: Jun 04, 2018 23:18 PM

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