Chhetri brace gives India 2-0 win | Daily News

Chhetri brace gives India 2-0 win

Sunil Chhetri in action
Sunil Chhetri in action

India recorded their first win in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in six years after talisman Sunil Chhetri struck twice for a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh in the joint preliminary round match on Monday.

Chhetri first found the back of the net in the 79th minute to keep his team on course for entry into the third qualifying round of the 2023 Asian Cup.

Starting the match on the bench, second-half substitute Ashique Kuruniyan delivered a cross from the left for Chhetri, after a long run and from a tight angle, headed in brilliantly from behind Topu Barman at the Al Sadd Stadium.

It was that man Chhetri again as he rounded off his night with another fine strike in extra time (90+2) after receiving the ball from Suresh Singh from the right flank.The double strikes meant India registered its first win in what was turning out to be one of its worst World Cup qualifying campaigns in many years. It was also its first victory in World Cup qualifiers away from home in 20 years.