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Sunil Chhetri vies for the ball during the India vs Myanmar AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 soccer match at Thuwunna stadium in Yangon on March 28. India beat Myanmar 1-0. (AP)
In terms of importance, Sunil Chhetri rated his 90th minute goal against Myanmar at par with the hattrick in the AFC Challenge Cup final in 2008 and the late winner from a free-kick against Bangladesh that avoided a first round elimination from the 2013 SAFF Championships.
“That’s because the 2019 Asian Cup finals will probably be the last biggest tournament I play. And on that route, this was an important goal, ” Chhetri told HT in an interview on Friday.
“I am very proud of the way Jeje (Lalpekhlua) held up the ball and the way Udanta (Singh) delivered, ” said India’s most successful striker with 53 international goals in 93 games.
India's skipper and superhero @chetrisunil11 is now among the top 5 active international goalscorers, with his strike in #MYAvIND! #ACQ2019
— Star Sports Football (@StarFootball)
“Kyrgyz Republic are the best side in our pool and to nurture hopes of qualifying, we had to get three points from Myanmar. If we do well against Kyrgyz Republic at home (June 13), we would take a giant step towards qualification (for the 2019 finals), ” said the player from Delhi. The top two teams from the group would qualify.
Great effort .. 3pts from the first game . Well done guys .. A hard fought victory. God Bless. #asiacup 2019 #dream
— Eugeneson Lyngdoh (@eugeneson10)
Tuesday’s win in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and the victory in the friendly against Cambodia - Chhetri had scored in that game too - earlier could also propel India to the top-110 in the FIFA rankings next month, a climb of over 60 places in two years under coach Stephen Constantine. They are now 132.
Beauty! @chetrisunil11 started off the move & he finished it too! Sheer brilliance on display! 🙏#MYAvIND #Indianfootball
— football news india (@fni)
Here for Saturday’s I-League game against Mohun Bagan, Sunil Chhetri said fitness wouldn’t be a deterrent to him continuing but “if I play the 2019 finals, there will be very few reasons for me to keep dreaming thereafter.”
And a dream it certainly would be should India feature among Asia’s elite 24 teams in the UAE. “If someone told me I could play two Asian Cup finals, I wouldn’t have believed it, ” he said.
India have played in the Asian Cup finals in 1964, 1984 and 2011. It was Sunil Chhetri’s hattrick in 2008, the only one by an Indian in the final of an international tournament, that helped India qualify in 2011.
Staying at Bengalury FC, marriage
The other thing Sunil Chettri, 32, is willing to put in the hard yards for is helping Bengaluru FC (BFC) in the AFC Cup. “We want to play the AFC Cup every year. That is one habit we don’t want to change having tasted what playing the final was like (BFC are the only Indian team to have done that, in 2016), ” said Chhetri.
Chhetri said he wants to end his career at BFC “in three to five years.” He has bought a house there and it helps that Sonam, his girlfriend whom he will marry this year, likes the city.
“We have been in a long-distance relationship for nearly 13 years. Our parents are meeting on April 16 in Kolkata to fix a date, ” he said. The wedding will happen in Kolkata or “wherever she wants it” by this October.how to measure floor for tile What does 80 effaced mean? any advice what wear first how to improve lymphatic system How you been doing meaning? what are some benefits of the employee assistance program why i want to be discord helper paragraph how to improve mental cognition yogi bhajan what are the benefits of omega 3 vitamins How to establish credit? when does pua benefits end Tricks on how to solve sudoku? What is the temperature today? How to hang a curtain rod? How to make playlists on tiktok? What does ebt card look like? who offers good advice on manners How to cook kohlrabi? How do rubey tuesdays tips worm? Trials in tainted space how to turn tricks? Life is 10 percent what happens to you meaning? machiavellis advice on how a prince should rue what is the difference between stentor 1 and stentor 2 in the picture below? what benefits do you lose with a general discharge How to extract audio from video? what is the difference between paramount plus and paramount network What does ep in music mean? How to eat blue crab? What does a torn meniscus look like? Tax tips for people who earn income from a hobby? How do you say meaning in spanish? What time does cvs open on sundays? what is nafta definition What does truffle butter mean? how to improve soil quality for lawn What are antitrust laws? what is la nino definition How to turn a live photo into a video? How to rebuild trust? what skills should an assassin be proffecient in dnd what is one difference in the walt whitman and emily dickinson poems you read? how to obtain free legal advice in nyc concerning medicaid and cms? Which two words are closest in meaning to a mexico city delegacion? which one of the following is part of the m2 definition of the money supply, but not part of m1?