The Indian football team beat Cambodia 2-0 as Sunil Chhetri scored a brace in the opening game of their Group D match of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers’ final round at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday.

In what was his 127th match for India, Chhetri scored the 82nd goal of his international career with two goals in the game.

Chhetri’s 82 goals are now two short of equalizing Hungarian football legend and one of the greats of the beautiful game – Ferenc Puskás, who scored 84 international goals in his career.

The Blue Tigers lead the points table on goal difference with Hong Kong beating Afghanistan 2-1 in the earlier game.

One thing is for sure, India need to work harder than they did today if they are to outsmart Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 8

Sandesh Jhingan – 8

Akash Mishra – 8

Anwar Ali – 8

Roshan Singh – 7

Anirudh Thapa – 6.5

Brandon Fernandes – 8.5

Suresh Wangjam – 8

Liston Colaco – 6

Manvir Singh – 6

Sunil Chhetri – 10

Substitutes:

Sahal Abdul Samad (45th minute on for Anirudh Thapa) – 6

Udanta Singh (45th minute on for Manvir Singh) – 6

Glan Martins (68th minute on for Brandon Fernandes) – 7

Ashique Kuruniyan (68th minute on for Sunil Chhetri) – 7



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