Doha, June 8: Indian captain Sunil Chhetri added one other feather to his illustrious cap as he overtook Argentina star Lionel Messi to develop into the second-highest energetic worldwide goalscorer on Monday.
Chhetri achieved the feat when he struck a brace to assist India defeat Bangladesh 2-0 within the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and AFC Asian Cup China Qualifiers on the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at Al Sadd Club in Doha. Sunil Chhetri’s Brace Helps India Beat Bangladesh 2-0 in 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup Qualifier.
The 36-year-old Chhetri scored each his targets within the second half of the match as he netted the ball into the goalpost within the 79th and 92nd minutes.
Chhetri has now scored 74 targets, two greater than Messi, and is barely behind Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo (103) within the listing of energetic footballers with essentially the most worldwide targets. Ali Mabkhout is third on the listing having scored 73 targets.
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel congratulated Chhetri for changing into the second-highest energetic worldwide goalscorer. “Our @IndianFootball skipper Sunil Chhetri adds another feather to his illustrious cap as he overtook Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goalscorer with 74 goals. A big congratulations to Captain Fantastic & wishing him many more accolades in the future,” Praful tweeted.
With this win, India has risen to the third spot in Group E with six factors from seven video games.
Chhetri’s first aim was a properly-timed header from a left-sided cross whereas the opposite was an injury-time strike, as he curled house a end from contained in the penalty space.
India will subsequent lock horns in opposition to Afghanistan within the Qualifiers on June 15. The aspect is already out of rivalry to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022, however the Blue Tigers can nonetheless qualify for AFC Asian Cup.
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