Intercontinental Cup Match Highlights:
– India won 3-0
– Chettri scored twice
– This was India’s second win in the cup
Greeted to a jam-packed stadium on Monday when they took on Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup seemed to have given the Indian football team a huge lift. After captain Sunil Chhetri and Virat Kohli had issued rallying calls to football lovers around the country, the country responded in kind with the 18,000 capacity stadium in Mumbai sold out hours before the game. And viewers were left celebrating a fantastic show by the men in blue who trashed their African opponents.
The second match of the tournament saw India gather their second win. And did they do it in some style with Chhetri who became the first Indian to earn 100 caps for the country on the evening shining for the home team.
The Andheri Sports Complex witnessed a gem of a performance by the Indian side in the Intercontinental Cup. Playing under a thunderous downpour, both the teams found things tough in the beginning but the match soon grew into its pace. It were the hosts who had the upper hand in the opening minutes of the match as they attacked relentlessly, testing the Indian defence with each passing minute. Their ability to kill off their chances though cost them as India oversaw the initial assault on their back line to hit back with their own offense. An evenly matched first half ended fairly with the score tied at 1-1 after 45 minutes.
The second half was an entirely different tale though with India starting in an altogether different fashion. It still took them till the 68th to take the lead after Chhetri converted a penalty to score in his record breaking 100th game. It was only moments later that Jeje doubled the lead for the home nation with Chhetri rightly rounding off the scoring with a marvellous chip in added time to end the game at 3-0.
India next take on New Zealand on Thursday with one foot already in the final after they had earlier defeated Chinese Taipei 5-0 as well.