The Indian football team has brought a lot of cheer to the fans of the beautiful game in the country by scoring a historic 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in an international in Mumbai tonight. Making the whole nation believe once again that the future of Indian football is nowhere bleak, the team amazed one and all at the Andheri Sports Complex.
What’s more, the win is precious as it comes against a team perched 38 places above India in the FIFA rankings.
Although it were the Puerto Ricans who scored the first goal of the match in the eighth minute, courtesy Emmanuel Sanchez, the Indians dominated the proceedings thereafter. Narayan Das (18’), Sunil Chhetri (26’), Jeje Lalpekhlua (34’) netted and the visitors knew they were up against it. Jackichand Singh (58’) trebled India’s lead in the second half. India were led by talented goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and he didn’t disappoint.
The purple patch of the Blue Tigers continued under India’s national coach Stephen Constantine as they won their ninth game in 11 matches.
Amazingly, it was for the first time that India played international football in the financial capital of Mumbai in over 60 years. The match drew football fans from far and wide even as the city is in the mood of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Mumbai had previously only held league matches.
While audiences enjoyed the game at the venue, the team were not short of praises on twitter.
— Indian Football Team (@AiffMedia) September 3, 2016
— Goal India (@Goal_India) September 3, 2016
#INDvPUR finally a quality display by the Indian National Team. 4-1 it is. Historic night.
— Ujjwal Patowary (@patoUJ899) September 3, 2016
— Indranil Das Blah (@indranildasblah) September 3, 2016
— shaikh shahbaz (@shaikhshahbaz5) September 3, 2016
— Philarima Hynniewta (@philarima) September 3, 2016
What a match! This could be the awakening of the Sleeping Giants.Beating a team with 38 ranked above..with the Chetri Show.#INDvPUR
— Riju Khutia (@KhutiaRiju) September 3, 2016
Sunil Chhetri is hands down one of the most loved sportspersons in India. The adulation oozes out from the stands to the field. #INDvPUR
— Manas Mitul (@ManasMitul) September 3, 2016
Well, this game proves what a great threat India will be to other top teams of world football !
Beware world ! #INDvPUR
— ATK is in my DNA (@AtkIsInMyDNA) September 3, 2016
— Anirban Datta-Roy (@clixbyman) September 3, 2016
VIA : indiatimes
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