Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Twitter reacts as Sunil Chhetri nets brace to secure intercontinental cup

Twitter reacts as Sunil Chhetri nets brace to secure intercontinental cup

"India is somewhere between a sleeping giant and a rising competitor", the Swiss said.

Sunil Chhetri was on the mark yet again as the Indian football team soared to greater heights following an impressive 3-0 win over Kenya in the recently concluded Intercontinental Cup.

"There will definitely be two games sometime in December, before the Asian Cup".

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Chhetri at 62 goals in 101 global matches before the Kenya win was two goals away from matching Messi who has scored 64 times for Argentina in 124 appearances.

Kenya had earlier beaten Chinese Taipei 4-0 to qualify for the finals, overcoming New Zealand on the basis of goal difference. True, there's little Constantine can do if teams invited by the All India Football Federation to compete in such events send weakened squads.

In the tournament, lower-ranked countries like New Zealand (Rank 133), Kenya (Rank 111) and Chinese Taipei (Rank 121) are hosted by India. They were finally given a thorough workout on Thursday evening, but for it to have been provided by a team The New Zealand Herald described as "arguably the most youthful and inexperienced national squad in New Zealand football history"?

India are grouped with Bahrain, Thailand and United Arab Emirates in the tournament to be held next year.

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