Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri equalled the mythical Pele together with his 77th world objective as his 83rd minute strike helped India beat Nepal 1-0 and stored his aspect from the verge of removing within the SAFF Championships right here on Sunday. The 37-year-old Chhetri, enjoying in his 123rd fit for India, struck a overdue objective to put himself on even keel with the Brazillian nice (77 targets from 92 fits). He’s now on joint 3rd with UAE’s Ali Mabkhout (77) within the listing of very best scorers amongst lively footballers, in the back of Cristiano Ronaldo (112) and Lionel Messi (79).
Replace Farukh Chaudhary in some way controlled to win a header from an extended throw in and directed it against the centre of the six-yard field the place Chhetri discovered himself on the proper position to fireplace the ball previous Nepal gaolkeeper Kiran Limbu overdue within the fit.
Seven-time champions India at the moment are at 3rd spot with 5 issues from 3 fits within the five-team desk, underneath Maldives (six issues from 3 fits) and Nepal (six issues from 3 fits).
India will nonetheless wish to win their ultimate round-robin league fit on Wednesday in opposition to hosts Maldives if they’ve to make it to the October 16 ultimate.
A draw in opposition to Nepal would have put India at the verge of removing.
The Indian crew and its head trainer Igor Stimac have been beneath the pump after drawing in opposition to lower-ranked Bangladesh (1-1) and Sri Lanka (0-0) of their earlier fits.
Chaudhary had come into the sector as replace of Mohd. Yasir within the seventieth minute.
India stored on developing probabilities within the fit and have been the dominant crew all the way through. However they weren’t in a position make the completing touches in a couple of probabilities they were given.
Chhetri had additionally neglected a large alternative to attain within the first part.
India had drawn in opposition to Nepal 0-0 and beat the Himalayan country 2-0 within the earlier encounters this yr ahead of Sunday’s win.