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After 1964, it is in 2019: India win first Asian Cup match in 55 years; Sunil Chhetri surpasses Leo Messi

Two goals from captain Sunil Chhetri sealed victory for India in the AFC Asian Cup against Thailand at Abu Dhabi. As India registered their first win in the Asian Cup since 1964, living legend Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi to become the second highest-scoring active international player.

Playing in his second Asian Cup and 105th match, Sunil Chhetri scored in the 27th minute of the match as he blasted into the bottom-right corner from the penalty spot. However, Thailand managed to get an equaliser in the 33rd minute as Teerasil Dangda’s header crashed into the Indian net from a free-kick. The teams went into half-time on level terms.
 
India started the second half in an attacking note. India regained their lead, as Chhetri scored his second of the day in the 46th minute. Next, youngster Anirudh Thapa scored the third goal getting his first India goal.  Jeje Lalpekhlua finished the proceedings with the fourth goal thus giving India an emphatic 4-1win against Thailand.
 
Chhetri now has 67 goals, one more than Messi. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) is ahead of him. After the match, Chettri proudly 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.”
 
 
 
 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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