Sunil Chhetri continues to prove that age is just a number with his brilliant performances for the Indian football team despite being 37 years old. The Indian captain scored an incredible free kick to help India beat Afghanistan 2-1 in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Kolkata on Saturday. . It was an outstanding curling effort from Chhetri that comfortably beat the Afghan goalkeeper, giving India the lead in the crucial match.
Igor Stimac’s men approached the clash against Afghanistan on a confident note after beating Cambodia 2-0 in their last match. They managed to claim their second win in a row after overcoming Afghanistan at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday.
It was Chhetri who scored the opener for India in the 86th minute with a superb free kick. The Indian skipper broke through the Afghan defense and goalkeeper once to head home and put India ahead 1-0. The 37-year-old’s magical goal impressed many on social media as fans hailed the Indian legend.
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Chhetri’s goal appeared to have secured victory for India with just minutes remaining before the full-time whistle. However, Afghanistan were quick to bounce back and equalize after Zubayr Amiri headed in a few minutes later.
Sahal Abdul Samad’s stoppage-time goal earned India a thrilling 2-1 victory over Afghanistan to keep their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Asian Cup final alive. Samad netted one into the bottom corner of the net in the 92nd minute to seal the deal for hosts Salt Lake after Afghanistan equalized.
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With the win, India remain top of Group D with Hong Kong at six points apiece. The hosts will face Hong Kong in their next meeting at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. India will be looking to keep their winning streak intact in the match, but even a draw will be enough to help both nations qualify for the final.
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