The India males’s nationwide crew celebrated their qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup by thrashing Hong Kong 4-0 of their remaining qualifying sport on the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday, June 14.
Targets from Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh and Ishan Pandita gave the Blue Tigers a straightforward win towards opponents who had been thought of to be the hardest for Igor Stimac’s aspect as Hong Kong went into their remaining conflict unbeaten.
Nevertheless, India proved by their superiority by thrashing their opponents and right here, we check out the speaking factors from the sport.
Anwar Ali opened the scoring as early because the second minute after he netted from a brief Ashique Kuruniyan nook along with his right-footed strike into the highest nook.
The 21-year-old scored his maiden worldwide aim 4 years after his profession almost ended on well being grounds, with the children profession being placed on maintain after being identified with a uncommon coronary heart illness (Hypertrophic Myocardiopathy).
Sunil Chhetri is no doubt the best participant in Indian footballing historical past and the striker’s aim on the night time meant that he has now scored 84 worldwide targets – thereby equalling Hungarian nice Ferenc Puskas within the all-time worldwide goalscorers checklist.
The Indian icon is simply two targets behind Argentine celebrity, Lionel Messi amongst lively gamers within the checklist led by Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (117).
India had already certified for the 2023 Asian Cup even earlier than their sport towards Hong Kong after after Palestine defeated Philippines 4-0 in a gaggle B match in Ulaanbaatar.
This meant that this was the primary time within the nation’s historical past that that they had certified for 2 successive editions of the Asian Cup.